Movie dedicated to Moulay Idriss


Moroccan city that houses the sanctuary of Idriss I, the founder of the Idrissid dynasty

 

Moulay Idriss is perched on a rocky peak overlooking the Oued Erroumane valley, in the hollow of two hills, a few kilometers from the ancient Roman city of Volubilis. In this holy city built around the tomb of Idriss I, life flows peacefully month after month, and comes alive only in August when the Moussem takes place. Pilgrims arrive from everywhere, on foot, on donkeys, on horseback or by bus. They set up tents on the slopes of the hills surrounding Moulay Idriss and go every day into the city, crossing the beam that separates them from the sacred city forbidden to non-Muslims. This religious pilgrimage is the occasion of many celebrations: dances, songs, processions, fantasias. All social groups participate in this gathering, the poorest enjoying the charity of the most fortunate through meal distributions.