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A love festival. Have you ever thought about it? Berbers of Morocco have! Follow us on the path of the wedding moussem of Imilchil.

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Speed dating à la berbère

Each year in Imilchil, a village in the High Atlas Mountains, a moussem occurs. It's a very odd festival where, during three days over 600 contestants take part in a kind of speed dating, but in the berberian way... In Morocco!

 

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In a society where seduction isn’t looked well upon, where relationships are private, the wedding moussem of Imilchil represents a breath of fresh air for young Berbers who don’t often meet new people. The Berbers, who originally live in the mountains, in rural or urban areas, use the wedding moussem as an opportunity to meet people and escape from social and religious pressure. It is the only time of year where flirting is permitted, and in fact commonplace. And interestingly, even though Moroccan society is patriarchal, in Imilchil it is women who chose their fiancé! "For life or for a year!". Because spending three days getting to know someone is not a guarantee of the relationship's success.

 

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"According to the legend, it's the impossible love of a young man and a young woman that drove the two into deep sorrow. They wept their sadness and died, drowned by their own tears. The legend says it was these tears that gave birth to the lakes of Isli (the fiancé) and Tislit (the bride), the two sources of water for the region of Imilchil.

Their saddened parents decided that once a year, young men and young women could freely chose each other, and that those who decided to get married at the moussem would encounter no objection to their union."

 

Gender equality in the heart of patriarchy

 

Objections, interference and pressures on marriage are common in Morocco. 

How do we explain that this tradition, which goes against most Moroccan traditions, is valued within Berberian society? What place does the matriarchal Berberian culture have in a patriarchal Moroccan society? How does this tradition resist the overwhelming patriarchal pressures? Do these honeymooners really have the freedom of choice?

 

Meetings in Berber land

 

To answer these questions, we would like to immerse ourselves in the culture and to the heart of this event. We would like to understand the true meaning of these three days of celebration. We will leave for the rocky roads of the High Atlas Mountains in the South of Morocco to meet the families during their preparation before the moussem, where they spend time beautifying the participants, prepare the meals, set up dowries, and observe these people’s last moments of being single. We will collect testimonies, and take videos and photographs. A few months later we will follow up with the brand new couples, and see how they are doing once the effervescence of the moussem has passed.

 

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We want to have you on our side to live together this unique annual event. Through the lens of our camera and sound elements we want to immerse you into the heart of a unique tradition. We will stay connected, and would love to know your thoughts and questions throughout the duration of our project.

 

Visit our facebook page Speed dating à la berbère and our twitter DatingBerbere.

 

Why this project?

 

 

Why would two young women studying journalism at IHECS cover the wedding moussem?

 

Because love is a universal value, and can help us relate to even the most distant peoples. With this spirit of universality in mind, and a passion for sharing experiences, we would like to forge a unique link that will cross any border, between you and our future new honeymooners.

 

We both have different motivations that fit perfectly.

 

Sophie Deprez is interested in the differences between women and men. A culture that seems to leave such room for freewill regarding union is very interesting! She is interested both for the sake of understanding their society against our own, and out of curiosity to understand how do they live out there?

 

Kahina Meziant, who is of Algerian Berber origin, sees in this project an opportunity to get closer to a culture she knows little of, but one which she feels close to. She is interested in the way minorities manage to maintain their traditions in the middle of a different and stronger national culture.

 

What brings these future journalists together is above all the passion to better understand what is happening abroad to better understand what is happening here.

 

 

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Waar dient de collecte voor

We need 1500€ distributed as followed:

 

310 € to rent a car that will take us from the airport of Fez to the High-Atlas Mountains.

 

40 € for fuel.

 

• 290 € for the services of an interpreter who would simultaneously be our guide. Many Berbers speak French, but some only speak Amazigh.

 

760 € to stay half board in a cottage in Imilchil.

 

100 € for food.

 

We calculated our trip would cost a little more than 1500€ including plane tickets and passport applications. The money earned from our student jobs will personally cover these additional fees.

 

We are counting on your generosity to help us reach our goal of 1500€ to guarantee the completion of this project.

 

 

And that's not the end of the story! We also want to support other projects. That's why, if we exceed our 1500€ goal, we will donate the extra money to a nomadic school association that allows Berber children to attend school, helping reduce the illiteracy (which is near 100%) of the nomadic Berbers in Morocco.

 

If you would like to help us realize our dream, KissBank us!

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You'll have a free entrance to our conference "do you know the Berbers?" and your name will be mentioned in the acknowlegments at the end of the conference.

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Vous assisterez gratuitement à notre conférence "connaissez-vous les berbères?" et votre nom est cité dans les remerciements à la fin de cette conférence.
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You'll have a free entrance to our conference "do you know the Berbers?" and your name will be mentioned in the acknowlegments at the end of the conference and we will post a photograph dedicated to you on our social networks to show that we personnally think of you.

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Vous assisterez gratuitement à notre conférence "connaissez-vous les berbères?" et votre nom est cité dans les remerciements à la fin de cette conférence et nous vous dédierons une photo postée sur nos réseaux sociaux pour vous montrer qu'on pense à vous personnellement.
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Vous assisterez gratuitement à notre conférence "connaissez-vous les berbères?" et votre nom est cité dans les remerciements à la fin de cette conférence et nous vous dédierons une photo postée sur nos réseaux sociaux pour vous montrer qu'on pense à vous personnellement et nous vous ramènerons un souvenir berbère.
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You'll have a free entrance to our conference "do you know the Berbers?" and your name will be mentioned in the acknowlegments at the end of the conference and we will post a photograph dedicated to you on our social networks to show that we personnally think of you and we will bring you back a Berberian souvenir.
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Vous assisterez gratuitement à notre conférence "connaissez-vous les berbères?" et votre nom est cité dans les remerciements à la fin de cette conférence et nous vous dédierons une photo postée sur nos réseaux sociaux pour vous montrer qu'on pense à vous personnellement et nous vous ramènerons un souvenir berbère et nous vous enverrons une carte postale.
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You'll have a free entrance to our conference "do you know the Berbers?" and your name will be mentioned in the acknowlegments at the end of the conference and we will post a photograph dedicated to you on our social networks to show that we personnally think of you and we will bring you back a Berberian souvenir and we will send you a postcard.

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Vous assisterez gratuitement à notre conférence "connaissez-vous les berbères?" et votre nom est cité dans les remerciements à la fin de cette conférence et nous vous ramènerons un souvenir berbère et nous vous dédierons une photo postée sur nos réseaux sociaux pour vous montrer qu'on pense à vous personnellement et nous vous enverrons une carte postale et nous vous offrons un siège à notre souper berbère.
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You'll have a free entrance to our conference "do you know the Berbers?" and your name will be mentioned in the acknowlegments at the end of the conference and we will post a photograph dedicated to you on our social networks to show that we personnally think of you and we will bring you back a Berberian souvenir and we will send you a postcard and we will offer you a seat at our Berberian dinner.

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Vous assisterez gratuitement à notre conférence "connaissez-vous les berbères?" et votre nom est cité dans les remerciements à la fin de cette conférence et nous vous dédierons une photo postée sur nos réseaux sociaux pour vous montrer qu'on pense à vous personnellement et nous vous ramènerons un souvenir berbère et nous vous enverrons une carte postale et nous vous offrons un siège à notre souper berbère et deux photos imprimées de votre choix et dans le format que vous désirez, parmi nos clichés.
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You'll have a free entrance to our conference "do you know the Berbers?" and your name will be mentioned in the acknowlegments at the end of the conference and we will post a photograph dedicated to you on our social networks to show that we personnally think of you and we will bring you back a Berberian souvenir and we will send you a postcard and we will offer you a seat at our Berberian dinner and two printed photos of your choice, chosen among our shots, in the format you want.

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