This year, Arab women are numerous to be solicited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which now has 50% of women and 29% of “people of color”.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) July 1, 2019
The two Moroccan women, who achieved significant success this year, will join their compatriots Said Taghmaoui, Nabil Ayouch, and Khadija Alami. As a member of the Academy in the category “Screenwriter”, the mission of Benyamina and Touzani is to help select, in the future, the Oscar-nominated writers.
Maryam Touzani caused a sensation this year, during the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Nominated in the “Un certain regard” section, for her first feature film “Adam”, the Moroccan director was entitled to a standing ovation.
For her part, Houda Benyamina has won numerous awards for her film “Divines”. The latter is currently to direct a new Netflix series alongside Damien Chazelle.