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475 : BREAK THE SILENCE

A documentary that explores the reasons why Moroccan society has failed to protect young women from rape and abuse.

In March 2012, Amina Fillali, a sixteen year old girl form a small town in the North of Morocco ended her days by swallowing rat poison after being forced to marry her rapist.

Two months later, Safae, a 15 year old girl from Tangier who was also forced to marry her rapist after he impregnated her, attempted to commit suicide for the second time.

Four months later, Chaimae, an 11 year old girl ended her days after she was raped.

The practice of marrying minors to their rapist is made valid by article 475 of the Moroccan penal code, which contains a provision that has effectively allowed men accused of raping minors to avoid prosecution if they wed their victims. Courts and judges in Morocco have deliberately applied article 475 in rape cases even though its wording envisions criminal exoneration only for nonviolent acts (i.e. for seducing minors).

Deeply troubled by the plight of these children, I decided to start a simple project, let them and the people involved in these cases talk about what they have gone through. Quite simply break the silence on what these young girls endure to try to understand why they are being denied the right to protection.

I chose to release a documentary called "475 : break the Silence" in order to reach the vast numbers of Moroccans who cannot read and write and engage them on this sensitive issue as well as call on the international web community to express their support.

Your contribution will help me release this documentary as well as launch a public campaign that will lobby for the creation of a free line that victims of rape and violence can call for help.

 

Team:

Hind Bensari (UK/Morocco): Director

Julia Sukan Del Rio (UK): Campaign Adviser and Video Editor

Raja Saddiki (Morocco): Camera, sound and Artistic Director

Yacine Ghalim (UK): Chief Campaign Fundraiser

Alejandra Alcala Fernandez (Spain): Logo Designer

 

Your Impact: Spread the Word, Donate, Make a Difference.

You will be sponsoring a documentary with a pragmatic goal: engage Moroccans and the international community to repeal paragraph 2 of article 475 of the Moroccan penal code, which has effectively allowed men accused of rape to escape prosecution.

Your contribution  can change the future of countless young women by granting them the right to protection.

This project can also spread beyond Morocco, to its neighbouring countries which share similar laws.

To release my documentary I need to raise $4865 (£3030):

This is where your money goes:

  • 12 days shooting in Morocco, Camera man fees and Equipment for 12 days: $2281 (£1420)

  • 1 day filming in London: $530 (£332)

  • Editing 14 hours of footage: $550 (£342)

  • Lobbying and campaign efforts (website creation, advertising, mobilising, distributing brochures to raise awareness and reaching out to members of parliament to repeal section 2 of article 475): $635 (395£)

  • Professional Translation services to release the documentary in English, French and Arabic: $375 (£235)

  • Logo Design for the campaign: $242 (£150)

  • Music Licensing rights: $250 (£155)

 

Plane Tickets Kindly donated by Mon Voyage Travel Agency at www.monvoyage.ma

 

In return for your contribution, I would like to offer you the following:

£10 ($16):

A heartwarming spot on our online Supporters Wall.
Facebook Page: 475 Break the Silence
Twitter Page: 475_BTS

£20 ($32):

A heartwarming spot on our online Supporters Wall.
A High Resolution Still Shot from the documentary for you to keep, print, share...

£60 ($100):

A heartwarming spot on our online Supporters Wall.
A High Resolution Still Shot from the documentary for you to keep, print, share...
A Thank you in the credits of the documentary.

£100 ($160) or more:

A heartwarming spot on our online Supporters Wall.
A High Resolution Still Shot from the documentary for you to keep, print, share...
A Thank you in the credits of the documentary.
A special gift made by women's cooperatives as a direct gesture from them to you for your support.

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