Film, TV, Stage & Radio
|Birth||23 January 1948, Casablanca, Morocco|
Farida Bourquia (born 1948) is a Moroccan film director, “one of the first Moroccan women to make filmmaking a career both on the screen and in television”.
After studying drama in Moscow from 1968 to 1973, Bourquia taught dramatic arts at the Conservatory of Casablanca. For most of her career, she has worked for the public broadcaster, Radiodiffusion-Télévision Marocaine, making documentaries and children’s programs.
For International Women’s Year in 1975, Bourquia made several documentaries about Moroccan women – the first Moroccan documentaries to be entirely produced and directed by a woman. Her 1982 feature film The Embers told the story of three orphaned village children. Two Women on the Road (2007) was “a Moroccan version of the American classic female road movie, Thelma and Louise“.