“The Suffering of the Moroccan People” has gone viral, garnering
over a million views.
The video, created by Souhail Haddade, an 18-year-old art
student, tackles poverty and unemployment, boycotts, mandatory
military service, broken health care, and migrant bodies washed
up on the beaches.
The clip takes inspiration from the Indian film Mohabbatein,
and even uses a song, Aankhein Khuli, from the film’s
It was filmed in Zerktouni, a working-class neighbourhood in
Casablanca, and features a group of young people who demand
their right to jobs, to health care, and to education.
They hold signs encouraging boycotts, denouncing the
disproportionate use of incarceration, and protesting against
the return of mandatory military service, all portrayed in the
style of an Indian musical.
They criticise the “horrible” school manuals and end up
looking beyond the sea, dreaming of fleeing to Europe.
The reawakening is harsh, however, with images of drowned
The only thing that’s left to do is fight for one’s own
rights, without leaving Morocco.(ANSAmed).