By Brahim Koulila
By Brahim Koulila
Kenitra – During Ramadan, Moroccan TV is usually different from what it is the rest of the year. For many years, Moroccan TV channels have been crammed with programs, such as sitcoms, series and candid camera during Ramadan, the holiest month in Islam.
Such a situation can only push us to ask the following questions: why should we watch such programs only during Ramadan? What is the rationale behind working all year round to broadcast a huge number of programs in one month? Are we not bombarded with those sitcoms and series at the expense of quality programming?
Does the Moroccan viewer not deserve to watch such programs in other periods of the year? I often ask myself this question, but soon I tell myself, “Come on, man, this is Ramadan, and Moroccans should have some fun as they fast for long hours!” Indeed, this idea is not mine but just has been imposed on me, for Moroccan TV programmers think so. Strangely, some Moroccan actors and producers work the whole year to bombard Moroccans with their works as if people did not have the right to enjoy themselves at other times and watch works like those broadcast during the holy month.
Our TV programmers believe that entertainment is only associated with Ramadan and that in the other months people just need to cope with whatever our respectable TV channels, “Aloula” and “2M,” offer us. Once Ramadan ends, they start rerunning the old programs, and when it nears, they start rerunning the programs of the previous Ramadan. Such a situation makes us wonder if what we watch during Ramadan is that good to have all this importance.
Ramadan TV programs often lack good quality. Ironically, rarely does the Moroccan viewer like what he or she watches during Ramadan. Why should we clutter the little box with a “plethora” of programs, knowing that most of them are devoid of any good artistic elements? There are a few artists who always appear in Ramadan works so often that we have learned their names by heart. Their faces have become tightly associated with this holy month.
The programs broadcast in this month are almost identical; we often see one of the familiar figures playing the role of an idiot, a countryman or such roles. Our actors—I would not say they are all failures or not creative—have been imprisoned in certain “molds,” which has somehow contributed to hindering the progress of cinema and TV in Morocco. Moroccan Ramadan TV programs are not all terrible, but on the whole, they hardly respond to the Moroccan viewer’s expectancies.
What we see in Ramadan should be broadcast all year round. If our TV programmers think that some programs, such as sitcoms and candid camera, would lose their value if they were broadcast in the other months of the year, they are really mistaken. Moroccans have always loved fun and merriment, and giving them a daily dose of such programs would not depreciate these works. This would help Moroccan movie-makers and producers work harder and develop the quality of their works. It is worth mentioning that Ramadan was not only imposed on Muslims to have fun; it is a month where people are supposed to get closer to Allah. As such, it is irrational to broadcast the cream of Moroccan works in this particular month.
Regarding Ramadan as the month of “creativity,” “entertainment,” and “fun” seems to be an unwarranted view. Moroccans need to watch TV and have fun – moderately—at all times. Ramadan is not a month for killing time, as some people may believe. Thus, it would be better to work for the whole year, not only thirty days. Working for one month means that our producers/directors do not have enough material to cover the whole year.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy
© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed