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Maryam Touzani / Feature Narrative / Morocco, France, Belgium, Qatar / 98 min / Original Language: Darija / Interests: Drama, Family, Psychological, Women Issues


Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her 8-year-old daughter, Warda. When Samia, a young pregnant woman knocks on their door, Abla is far from imagining that her life will change forever. A random encounter of fate, two women on the run, and an essential journey.


Maryam Touzani
Maryam Touzani
Nabil Ayouch
Production Company
Ali n' Productions

About the Director

Born in 1980, Maryam Touzani spent her childhood in her native Tangier before pursuing a university degree in London. 'When They Slept' (2012), her first short fiction, travelled around the world through prestigious festivals, winning a total of seventeen awards. In 2015, her second short fiction, ‘Aya Goes to the Beach’ won a large number of awards worldwide. Through film director Nabil Ayouch’s greatly acclaimed ‘Much Loved’ (2015), she takes her experience further, first by contributing with him to the development of the script and secondly by working on the set as artistic director. Soon after, she co-writes with Nabil Ayouch on his latest feature, ‘Razzia’.

Awards and Festival History


"Un Certain Regard, Festival de Cannes 2019 (WP)
Karlovy Vary FF 2019
New Horizons IFF 2019
TIFF 2019, Contemporary World Cinema
El Gouna FF 2019
Zurich IFF 2019
Chicago IFF 2019
Cinema Mediterraneen de Bruxelles 2019
Marrakech IFF 2019
IFFR 2020, Limeli


"Agnes Award for Best Feature, NAMUR IFF 2019
Best Editing, Best Image and FACC Awards, JCC 2019
Morocco's Official Submission for the 2020 Academy Awards - 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Race
Best Scenario, Best Director and Best Actress (N. Raddi) awa


  • Main Contact

    Amine Benjelloun

    Ali n' Productions
    +212 522949949

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