Maryam Touzani’s ‘Adam’ looks at the lives of two isolated Moroccan women in a patriarchal society

It’s a film of great beauty and intensity.

Adam, directed by the Moroccan filmmaker Maryam Touzani, tells the story of two women, a young pregnant girl on the run, and a widow who is raising her daughter alone.

Euronew’s Frédéric Ponsard spoke to Touzani about her first feature film.

“I wanted my camera to be so close to the characters, that we forget that this camera exists, that we can really penetrate their souls, penetrate their beings… really be them for an hour and a half to understand them. Penetrate their intimacy, without being in something voyeuristic, break down all the barriers between us, the audience, and these two women,” says Touzani.

The film was presented in Cannes in the official selection and has since toured the festivals.

Maryam Touzani is an emancipated artist who does not hesitate to kick in the anthill, in this case, a Moroccan and Muslim society where the rules are strict and prohibitions numerous for women: the recent one-year prison sentence of a young woman who had an abortion is one of the most striking examples.

She co-wrote “Much Loved,” a film about prostitutes in Marrakech with her husband Nabil Ayouch, one of the most important contemporary Moroccan directors, and also starred in the film Razzia (2017) where she plays a woman who does not accept male social domination.

“Much Loved” caused a huge scandal when it was released in 2015 by addressing the taboo subject of prostitution in Morocco.

This film was inspired by an eponymous documentary that she had shot before and in which several Moroccan women testify about their condition.

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