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Dance of Outlaws

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Dance of Outlaws (Häätanssi)

Directed by Mohamed El Aboudi

  • Finland, Norway 2013; 85 min
  • Original version: Arabic
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Special Prize (Over 30 Minutes) - Tampere FF

  • From the director of SCHOOL OF HOPE presented at Dubai Film Market
    From the director of ZERO ONE ONE presented at Dubai Film Market


A film about a woman who doesn’t exist. Hind was raped and consequently denied an official identity – she has no other choice but to work as a prostitute and wedding dancer, but despite the odds of her situation, refuses to give up her dream of dignity, motherhood and love.

Director's Statement

Morocco made the world news in March 2012 when Amina El-Filali, a 16-year-old girl committed suicide after being forced to marry the man who raped her, and consequently the government spokesman announced the law allowing rapists to go unpunished if they married the victim would be amended. Dance of Outlaws shows us Amina is just the tip of the iceberg, not an exception. The main character of the film, Hind, was raped at the age of fifteen. Her parents kicked her out because she was bringing shame to the family, and she became a prostitute and wedding dancer. By the age of 22 she has been in prison several times, has had two children and been forced to give them away. I had heard about wedding dancers of Morocco, but no one cared about them; they were just whores. I wanted to know more, and when I met some of them, I was shocked about their stories. I felt this was something that I had to tell to the world. The life of the wedding dancers is a constant struggle for survival in a society that either completely ignores them or imprisons them. A 19-year old dancer told me: “I never cry any more, I have no tears left.” As a filmmaker I want to give a voice to the powerless, marginalised people and reveal problems that people don’t want to see. I want to fight hypocrisy and old attitudes of honour and shame. The story of Hind is not only Moroccan; there are thousands of women like her in the world, women who live outside the society with no identity, and when they become mothers the vicious circle of poverty, violence and hopelessness continues from generation to generation.