Director: Rosa Rogers

Rosa began her film making career making short experimental dance and poetry films for Channel 4, which won prizes at festivals around the world. She was drawn to the world of documentaries and over the past few years has directed many short documentaries for leading UK broadcasters, which have been shown across several continents. In 2014, Rosa completed her first feature documentary Casablanca Calling, following the work of Morocco’s new generation of female Muslim leaders. 

Merieme Addou

Director: Merieme Addou

Born in Morocco, Merieme Addou graduated from Mohammed V University with a degree in Law. She lives and works in Rabat as freelance correspondent for Radio D-W. She is also a Producer for Camino Media, a Moroccan production company based in Rabat. From 2005 - 08, Merieme worked as assistant to the BBC correspondent in Morocco. She recently graduated with an MA in Documentary Film from the University of Tetouan. She was Associate Producer on Casablanca Calling and Pirates of Salé is her first feature documentary as a director.


Producer: Hilary Durman

Hilary Durman is a director of award-winning independent production company, Redbird. She has won three BAFTAs for dramas including Oddsquad by John Godber and Dream On by Ray Harrison Graham. Hilary has produced documentaries for BBC and Channel 4 on many different subjects. She was Executive Producer of New Shoots and The Shooting Party, Channel 4’s debut documentary series for disabled directors.

In 2009, she produced The Time of Their Lives for BBC Storyville and the UK Film Council. Her second feature documentary was Donor Unknown, a Redbird and Met Film co-production, directed by Jerry Rothwell, which won audience awards at Tribeca Film Festival and Silverdocs. In 2014, she completed production on two more films, Casablanca Calling, and Pirates of Salé. She is currently developing Wrong Planet, a drama documentary made with and about young people with learning disabilities.


Editor: Jane Harris

Jane Harris has edited documentaries for BBC, Channel 4, ITV, and Channel 5. Jane says, “the image of a circus tent in an old fort by the sea and the stories of the struggling young performers captivated me from the start. ‘Pirates’ is heartbreaking and inspirational, an example of how art can transform lives”.


Composer: Andy Cowton

Andy has been creating soundtracks for film and television, contemporary dance and mixed media for over 20 years. His scores for television documentaries and drama are eclectic and diverse. From open landscapes and historical narratives to urban drama and realism.


Additional Music

Huge thanks to Amaro Del and their wonderful gypsy sounds.

And to Fouad Hani whose music played the pirates through the city at dusk


Post production




Sue Giovanni


Sound mix

Pip Norton


With thanks to all at Cirque Shems’y


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