The call to prayer is a familiar sound in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Five times a day the minaret sounds, and people from all across Moroccan valleys pause to say their prayers. The people of these villages are proud of their traditions, and many are subsistence farmers who work hard to make a living and maintain their families. This is no different for Aziza Raji, it’s just that despite the daily tasks that are expected of her, she manages to find time to train to be one of the rising stars of Moroccan ultra-running. Set in the streets of Bou Tharar and the wide, craggy valleys of the lower Atlas, ‘Aziza’ is the story of a young woman who has thrived in the world of ultra-racing. The combination of her ambition, determination, and the loving support of her family has helped her to overcome many social and cultural challenges, and has made her a role model for other up-and-coming athletes in Morocco.
Winner of the BMC TV Women In Adventure film competition 2019.
A film by Coldhouse Collective Films
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Aziza features in the line-up for Mountain Film Festival this weekend. Could’t make it to Telluride but always wanted to check out this amazing festival, this year the festival is going virtual! Get yourself an all-acces ‘Bivvy Pass’ and enjoy from your sitting room.