SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2019


Morocco, France, Belgium
2019, 98 mins
Production: Ali N’ Productions, Les Films Du Nouveau Monde, Artemis Productions
Language: Arabic
Format: DCP

Scriptwriter: Maryam Touzani
Director: Maryam Touzani
DoP: Virginie Surdej
Composer: Nassim Mounabbih
Producer: Nabil Ayouch
Editor: Julie Naas
Cast: Lubna Azabal, Nisrin Erradi, Douae Belkhaouda, Aziz Hattab, Hasna Tamtaoui


Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her 8 year-old daughter Warda. Their routine of housework and homework is interrupted one day by a knock on the door. It is Samia, a young woman looking for a job and a roof over her head. Samia’s arrival begins to offer all of them the prospect of a new life.

Director’s biography

Maryam Touzani was born in 1980 in Morocco. She is a director, screenwriter and actress who 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. ADAM marks Maryam Touzani’s feature film directing debut.

Director’s filmography (selected)

2019 Adam
2015 Aya Goes to the Beach (short)
2012 When they are Asleep (short)