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Maryam Touzani never forgot the day a young woman knocked on her door in Tangier asking for work.The hell that woman went through came home to Touzani when she became pregnant herself shooting her 2017 hit "Razzia," in which she acted and wrote.In the film, which premiered Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, a village girl who flees to Casablanca (Nisrin Erradi) is reluctantly taken in by a widowed baker (Lubna Azabal) hiding her own grief.While Touzani does not go there in her touching, intimate tale, unmarried mothers are complete pariahs in Morocco, she said, often regarded as prostitutes. The writer-director has not shied from touching on raw nerves in Morocco.Touzani is convinced many who condemned the films in public were secretly pleased they had brought issues out into the open with which Morocco needs to deal.
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