It is a picture of fantastic beauty and strength.
Adam, led by the Moroccan filmmaker Maryam Touzani, tells the story of 2 girls, a young pregnant woman on the series, and a widow who’s raising her daughter.
Euronew’s Frédéric Ponsard talked to Touzani about her very first feature film.
“I wanted my camera to be this close to the figures, we forget this camera is different, we could penetrate their spirits, penetrate their ancestors… actually be them for one hour and a half to comprehend them. Penetrate their closeness, without needing something voyeuristic, break down all the barriers between the crowd, and those two girls,” states Touzani.
The movie premiered in Cannes from the official collection and has since staged the festivals.
Maryam Touzani is an emancipated artist who doesn’t hesitate to kick at the anthill, in this circumstance, a Moroccan and Muslim culture in which the rules are stringent and prohibitions many for girls: the current one-year prison sentence of a young girl who had an abortion is among the most spectacular examples.
She also co-wrote”Much Loved,” a movie about prostitutes in Marrakech together with her husband Nabil Ayouch, among the most significant modern antique directors, as well as starred in the movie Razzia (2017) where she plays a girl who doesn’t accept man societal domination.
This movie was inspired by an eponymous documentary she had taken before and where many Moroccan women testify in their affliction.
“Everything I wanted to inform above is these 2 girls, and the way they wind up taming every other, the way they wind up looking each other in the eye, knowing each other, placing every other face to face with their truths, and using their wounds, using their aches, using their joys they occasionally can not view, therefore face to face with real-life, since they are two girls on the flip side, for different motives, but that find themselves on the run, and that is likely to have the ability to deal with life together,” states Touzani.
Regardless of the topic, the movie premiered in Morocco and has been well-received, giving rise to a lot of disagreements in a society that’s still quite phallocentric.
“That is a woman who flees her village to conceal her pregnancy, this is a woman who would have had an abortion when she’d had the option, but she did not have the option because abortion remains illegal in Morocco now. What I believe above is a desire to move things ahead, and that I also feel that heterosexual girls are fed up with it. We have reached a moment where we all wish to take our fate in hand, and we would like to shout it out loud and clear and that is a gorgeous thing to live for,” states Touzani.
Adam is going to be published shortly in many European nations. It’ll represent Morocco in the Oscars, an indication of the schizophrenia of a society that’s bent on its secular laws but that also knows how to deliver indications of openness and modernity into the entire world.