Maryam Touzani: “My film can help create healthy and necessary debate” on homosexuality in Morocco

“Le Bleu du Caftan”, a feature film which addresses a taboo subject in the Kingdom, is preselected for the Oscars in the category “Best Foreign Film”.


preselected for the Oscars, a Moroccan film approaching homosexuality, the blue of the caftan, “can help create a healthy and necessary debate” on this question which divides in Morocco, estimates its director, Maryam Touzani, in an interview to AFP. His second feature film tells the story of Halim and Mina, a united and without stories couple but who lives with a weighing secret: the homosexuality of the husband.

The film, a candidate of Morocco to the Oscars, was retained last week among the fifteen feature films preselected in the “Best Foreign Film” category of the prestigious American competition. “It is a huge honor to be able to represent Morocco and to wear the colors of the country at this stage of the competition, said M me touzani to AFP. The fact that my film represents the Morocco is an advance. The symbolism is beautiful and strong. This reflects a desire for openness and dialogue. “

This advance is illustrated, according to her, by the fact that her film was appointed by an official commission, made up of cinema professionals, to represent Morocco at the Oscars. A daring choice in a country where homosexuality, a largely taboo subject in a conservative society, divides public opinion and remains liable from six months to three years in prison, according to the penal code.

“It hurts me and hurts me to see people [from the LGBT +community] Living hidden, in fear, and that the expression of their love is stifled, denied and judged, deplores the director of 42 years . My film can help create a healthy, necessary and salutary debate on this question. “

” We cannot condemn love “

It is in the medina of Salé, neighboring town of Rabat, that the life of Mina and Halim – camped by the Belgian actress Lubna Azabal and the Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri – rocks with the arrival of a young Apprentice in their workshop to make caftans (traditional Moroccan dresses). The rapprochement between Youssef (interpreted by the Moroccan actor Ayoub Missioui) and his master tailor embarks them, with Mina, in an experience of new and plural love.

/Media reports cited above.