Documentary on coexistence in Morocco

Pope Francis MoroccoPope Francis bids farewell after his two day visit to Morocco. Photo: Vatican Media

Documentary on coexistence in Morocco

A documentary has been launched to celebrate coexistence in connection with Pope Francis’ visit to Morocco. The film focuses on the human rights activist Zacharia El Hamid. The following article has been written by the organization Youth for Peace and Dialogue between Cultures.


Youth for Peace and Dialogue between Cultures in partnership with Youth for Human Rights International of Special visit of the Pope to Morocco 2019, has launched a short film titled «Human Rights Morocco». The powerful documentary celebrates Peace and Interfaith dialogue in Morocco through human rights education.

«Human Rights Morocco»

«Human Rights Morocco» is an American documentary film from 2018, directed by United for Human Rights. The film presents the young Moroccan Peace and Human Rights Activist, Zakaria El Hamel. El Hamel is a multiple award winner who has dedicated himself to creating a culture of tolerance and understanding by instilling an awareness and appreciation of human rights. The documentary is screened at the United Nations during the 14th annual Human Rights Summit of Youth for Human Rights International, in New York.

The short film focuses on the personal story As a President of Youth for Peace and Dialogue between Cultures in Morocco, Zakaria El Hamel made the choice, at a very young age, to dedicate his life to a more peaceful and tolerant world.

Zakaria El Hamel is Encouraging a New Generation to Stand Up for Peace and Human Rights in a Turbulent Arabic World

Located in the north-western corner of Africa, just 10 miles from the shores of Spain, the Kingdom of Morocco has one of the most diverse and beautiful landscapes in Africa. From the snow-capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains to the sweeping dunes of the Sahara, Morocco has it all – including more than a thousand miles of Mediterranean and Atlantic coastline. It is a country with both European and Arab influences, a powerful and popular monarch, and a strong Islamic base.

In stark contrast to the neighboring nations of Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya, Morocco has remained relatively terror-free; it’s the last safe haven in North Africa. This fact can be attributed to it being one of the most tolerant Muslim nations and to its increased security efforts with Spain, France, and the United States to fight global terrorism Yet the threat of extremism is ever-present, as evidenced by the more than 2,000 Moroccans that Interpol claims have been recruited by the Islamic State (IS) to fight in Iraq and Syria and the hundreds more that have joined IS in Libya.

Dedicated to equality and religious diversity

And this is exactly why 36-years old Zakaria el Hamel is so important for Morocco. For almost two decades, Zakaria has dedicated himself to creating a culture of tolerance and understanding by instilling an awareness and appreciation of human rights.

Born in the city of Berkane in north-western Morocco, Zakaria was introduced to equality and religious diversity at a very early age by his father who was a human rights activist. He studied law in university, and in 2005 he founded “Youth for Peace and Dialogue between Cultures” in Oujda, where he now lives.

His goal is to foster understanding and respect among the population by bringing young people from different religions and backgrounds together to serve their communities.

Interfaith dialogue

While the country had many virtues, Zakaria knows it also had its share of problems:

“It is true that we live in a land of peace and harmony, but a lot of youth are jobless and there are many cases of human rights abuse and Torture in Morocco. We have a lot of discrimination in Morocco. For example, if you don’t dress well and you go to the court or to the hospital, they don’t take care of you and will throw you out because you don’t have money.”

Zakaria is particularly interested in starting an interfaith dialogue that can increase understanding and peace between people of different religions. A Youth for Human Rights ambassador and a professional video team come in Morocco to shoot his activities so as to inspire others around the world to work for peace and harmony.

“I am very proud to have been selected and look forward to having Morocco featured internationally as an example of good work” Zakaria comments, adding:

“I was truly honored to meet with Pope Francis at the recent visit to Morocco It was one of many extraordinary moments I experienced over the past week, I believe that this Pope symbolizes the most authentic and original idea of Christianity, and I am sure that his visit to Morocco will boost dialogue and stop violence in the name of Religion.”


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1 Comment on "Documentary on coexistence in Morocco"

  1. Joakim Haugen | 8. April 2019 at 09:46 | Reply

    Pieter Wijnen Are you mentally challenged? Are you such a true believer in the cultural marxist propaganda that you have forgotten that 2 young girls were beheaded in Marocco a couple of months ago? Seriously, what is wrong with you? This is not a safe and diverse paradise despite you wanting it to be and for you to spread this propaganda makes you guilty in the deaths of all that fall for this nonsense!

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