Shukran: Getting to Know Each Other

I documented a journalism project between German and Moroccan students. The photos show Helena in Morocco, but the real focus was on exchange – professional and private – between two cultures. Those were two weeks full of joy, curiosity and amazement, a time that widened the scope and enabled us to learn from each other. We were able get these insights from conversations with young Moroccan students and with people on the streets. Benevolence and hospitality were constant companions during our trip. I feel thankful for the opportunity to experience this innovative project, although the picture allow but a snapshot of this time.

Helena at an interview above the roofs of Rabat.By Julia Dreier
“I slept with a man, although I was not married to him. In the morning, I looked into the mirror and felt ashamed.”By Julia Dreier
A mosque in Rabat’s medina.By Julia Dreier
“The only thing left of my father is an old photo.”By Julia Dreier
Asmaa tries the camera.By Julia Dreier
Off to the sea on a free day.By Julia Dreier
The sun sets above Rabat’s city gates.By Julia Dreier
Helping and talking: The two leading motivations of L’association Enour, a charity for disabled people.By Julia Dreier
Moroccan boys playing football: “Will you take a picture of us?”By Julia Dreier
Two feminists from Casablanca want to break up the structures of the cafés and regularly invade the traditional ‘male territories’.By Julia Dreier
A former slaughterhouse in Casablanca. Les Abattoirs is now used as an arts centre. It also houses a circus. Practice for slacklining is often performed in the heights of the wide factory yards.By Julia Dreier
A shoe cleaner tells of his life: “I have spent my life cleaning shoes to earn a living and I want to continue so long as my body allows me to.” By Julia Dreier