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Dakira - 40 Years of Moroccan Migration| 39mins
Director: Karim Traidia | Producer: MTNL
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: Netherlands
Subject Tags: africa, community, culture, europe, human rights, livelihood, migration, morocco, netherlands
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
The documentary "Dakira" was made for the occasion of 40 year anniversary of the official Moroccan migration to Netherlands. In 1969, the Dutch government made an official agreement with the Moroccan government, whereby the representatives of the Dutch Government went to Morocco to make the selection of workers needed in Holland. Through archive material we see the manner by which the workers have been chosen. The documentary is a parallel edit of archive materials and present-day interviews with the Moroccan workers whereby they tell the stories of how they had been selected (preferably strong guys with little education, who were supposed to do hard labor which Dutch people would not perform); the way they were treated upon arrival, places they were offered to sleep (sometimes with 40 guys in one single large room), and work weeks with up to 80 hours of work in one week. Originally they were supposed to stay a few years in Holland and go back, so they were not offered the possibility to learn the language. But when oil crisis came in 1972, they decided to stay (going back was not an option – there was no work at home in Morocco), so they started bringing their families to Holland. Basically, this documentary is a story of those workers, the way they were treated and their present day situation.

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