Sheikhates Blues

  • Release Date: 2004
  • Type: Documentary
  • Run time: 52 Minutes
  • Directed by: Ali Essafi
  • Produced by: Misr International Films, Ognon Pictures, Zentropa, Les Fils Chafic Fathallah
  • Editing: Nadia Dalal
  • Sound: Mathieu Daude
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Producers: Gabriel Khoury, Marianne Khoury, Humbert Balsan
  • Director Of Photography: Ivan Boccara, Ali Essafi
  • Mixing: Didior Cattin
  • Production Manager: Khalil Benkirane

The “sheikhates”: folk singers in Morocco, the most beloved of women marginalized for their love of freedom. Their liberal manners and liberal tone permit them to uniquely chant the injustice against women and their fate. In a few simple words, Shikha Aicha summed up this situation: “our life is similar to this candle which burns sacrificing itself so that others may behold!”