Jessica Woodworth. Fatiha and her friend Jessica, embark on a journey
through Morocco in search of answers to her questions about virginity,
sex and Islam. This film is the story of their travels from ancient
Islamic schools to the Saharan camel markets, from the offices of city
doctors, to beachside resorts.
It all begins with a controversial kiss of the hand... Fatiha is on
the verge of marrying the man her grandfather chose for her long ago.
But her fiancé's disturbing views (he claims that, in the eyes
of Islam, even a kiss of the hand is forbidden before marriage) shock
So Fatiha and her friend Jessica, an American researching Moroccan family
law reforms, decide to embark on a journey through Morocco in search
of answers to her questions about virginity, sex and Islam.
THE VIRGIN DIARIES is the story of their travels and their investigation,
from ancient Islamic schools to the Saharan camel markets, from the
offices of city doctors (the most common minor surgery in Morocco is
the repair of the hymen) to beachside resorts.
Inevitably, this defiant quest produces few answers and lots of trouble.
And things definitively skid out of control when Fatiha does the unthinkable
and falls in love for the first time. Fatiha's random (or predestined?)
encounter with a charming stranger suddenly pits duty against desire.
"Highly Recommended! An important movie for understanding contemporary
Islam and traditional Middle Eastern cultures. This informative video
would be useful in both women's studies and religious studies classes.
The color and picture quality are excellent. The sound is clear and
the soundtrack's ethnic music is both unobtrusive and appropriate."
- Educational Media Reviews Online.
A Film by Jessica Woodworth
Produced for the
Independent Television Service
With funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
** 2004 Society for Photograpic Education Film Festival
** 2003 National Women's Studies Association Film Festival
** 2003 Brooklyn International Film Festival
** 2002 Middle East Studies Association Film Festival
First Run Icarus