Demonstrating the power of sex by demonstrating

The Source, directed by Radu Mihaileanu

Morocco has gotten very little public attention during the Arab uprisings; there have been hints of some unrest.  But, thus far it has not risen to the level of international news in the way that Libya, Syria, Yemen or Egypt have.  Today Morocco got a little attention, not in the international media, but at least in the Arab press.   Al Arabiya is reporting that government troops have “beaten” demonstrators.  Also today, Middle East Online is reporting that “The Source”, a Moroccan film, directed by  Romain based on a Turkish story was the final film competing for Palme d’Or in Cannes.

The stories are linked, although by a very narrow thread; both are about discontent and demonstrations.  In the film, women in a Moroccan village cease having sex with their husbands in protest.  The women are tired of carrying water a very long way and want the men to build a pipeline.  In the end, the women win; it seems they have a very powerful weapon.  Won’t political protests be pimplier and more effective if the protestors had a weapon as powerful, control of something the government could not, or at least did not want, to live without? The demonstrators in Rabat had only thier own desires to use as a weapon, a very  weak substitute for the desires of the people in power.


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