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Drama, Social Issues


Director: Maryam Touzani
Country: Morocco, France, Belgium
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:38
Language: Arabic
Producer: Nabil Ayouch
Screenwriter: Maryam Touzani
DoP: Virginie Surdej
Editor: Julie Naas
Cast: Loubna Azabal, Nessrine Erradi, Daoua Belkhaouda
Production: Ali N’ Productions, Les Films du Nouveau Monde, Artémis Productions


Set in Casablanca, “Adam” sheds light on the challenges faced by an unwed pregnant woman in a conservative Arab country.

Abla lives with her eight-year-old daughter, Warda, and runs a modest bakery from her home. One day, a knock on the door brings Samia, a pregnant young woman looking for a job and a place to stay. Initially reluctant to allow a stranger into her home, Abla has a change of heart and takes her in. While how Samia became pregnant remains unknown, her shame was overwhelming enough for her to escape her family’s country home before they could find out. Having arrived in the city, Samia plans to deliver her baby in secret and give it up for adoption. After Abla takes her in, the gradual growth of Samia’s pregnant belly mirrors the progressing evolution of both women.

The film tackles taboo subjects in the Arab world through a poignant portrait of two women, which touches the heart in large measure due to the superb performances of Lubna Azabal (“Tel Aviv on Fire”, PÖFF 2018) and Nisrin Erradi (“Catch the Wind”) working with the promising first-time director Maryam Touzani.

Intishal Al Timimi


Maryam Touzani Director, screenwriter and actress Maryam Touzani spent her childhood in her native Tangier before pursuing a university degree in London. "When They Slept" (2012), her first short film, was selected by a number of prestigious international festivals and received a total of 17 awards. In 2015, her second short, "Aya Goes to the Beach", continued on the same path and won Cairo’s Audience Award among its many prizes. Together with her husband director Nabil Ayouch, Touzani worked on the development of the script and on the set of his much-acclaimed feature "Much Loved" (2015). She also co-wrote and appeared in a leading role in Ayouch’s most recent film "Razzia" (2017). "Adam" marks Maryam Touzani’s feature film directing debut.Intishal Al Timimi
Director's filmography: Adam (2019)
  • Maryam Touzani

    Thu, November 14, 2019


    Alexela Kontserdimaja, Tallinn

    Screening code: 170217
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:38
    Language: Arabic

    Sun, November 24, 2019


    Kino Artis, Saal 1, Tallinn

    Screening code: 101502
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:38
    Language: Arabic






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