Abla is a widow, mother of 8-year-old Warda and a baker. She sells pastries from the window of her apartment in the old part of Casablanca. One day, Samia turns up at her door – heavily pregnant and looking for a job and somewhere to stay. Warda immediately takes to Samia, so Abla reluctantly allows her into their home, and then lets her stay until she has given birth. In return, Samia helps out in the bakery. Her vitality and masterly baking skills gradually soften the young widow’s resolve and bitterness. The big question that remains, however, is what will happen after the birth.
Born and raised in Tanger, Maryam Touzani studied in London and worked in cinema journalism before switching to film production as a screenwriter and director of short and feature films. She co-wrote the script for the feature film Razzia together with her husband, the director Nabil Ayouch, and made her acting debut in the lead role of Salima. Her feature-length directing debut Adam premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
Films by Maryam Touzani
Aya wal bahr (Aya Goes to the Beach) 2015 | Sous ma vieillle peau / Much loved 2014 | Quand ils dorment 2011