Writer and Film Director.
Maryam Touzani is a writer, actress, and director involved in the first national women's day in Morocco. She holds a university degree in journalism. Passionate about writing, she moved back to her country after her studies and worked as a journalist, specialising in North African cinema. Soon, she felt the urge to express herself through her own films.
In 2008, she wrote and directed a documentary for the first national women’s day in Morocco, followed by a number of other documentaries. When They Slept (2012), her first fictional short film, was featured in a number of prestigious international festivals, winning a total of seventeen awards. In 2015, her second fictional short film, Aya Goes to the Beach continued on the same path, winning fifteen awards worldwide.
Taking her experience with film and writing to the next level, Touzani worked on the script development and set direction of Nabil Ayouch’s greatly acclaimed film Much Loved (2015), which opened at the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. Soon after, she co-wrote with Nabil Ayouch his latest feature, Razzia, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and represented Morocco at the Academy Awards. In Razzia, Touzani found herself on the other side of the camera for the first time, playing the part of Salima, one of the main characters.
Last modified: 01/09/2019