As political conflict and change sweep the Arab world, CASABLANCA CALLING highlights a quiet social revolution under way in Morocco, where 60% of the women have never attended school. For the first time, Moroccan women are trained and employed as official Muslim leaders or morchidat. Charged with teaching an Islam based on tolerance, compassion and equality, they provide vital support and guidance to communities, especially to girls and women.
At the film’s heart are Hannane, Bouchra and Karima, three morchidat assigned to mosques in different parts of Morocco. CASABLANCA CALLING follows them for a year on rounds to schools and other sites to provide advice on marriage and employment; champion education for girls and women; caution against early marriage; and help resolve personal problems. Offering unique access to a story we rarely see, this illuminating documentary demonstrates how women’s empowerment through moderate Islam is transforming a nation.
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Imagine your husband of 25 years comes home one day and says he wants to change his gender and become a woman. Experience the remarkable story of Gayle, a small-town wife whose husband PJ did just that. Is love truly blind? Follow the pair to their high school reunion, when they have to break the news to surprised classmates.
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Codebreaker tells the tragic story of one of the 20th century's most brilliant minds: Alan Turing, the father of computer science and artificial intelligence who helped win World War II by cracking the German naval Enigma code. Turing was one of the most important scientists ever, yet few people have heard his name, know his story, or understand his legacy. In 1952, the British government forced Turing to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide. He was only 41 years old.
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This look at transgender singer Rae Spoon is as personal and reflective as the acclaimed musician’s songs. Spoon’s story is told through words and music, set to a backdrop of stunning images of the Prairies.
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