Nabil Ayouch is one of the most controversial filmmakers in Morocco with all his works causing, according to the conservatives, damages to the reputation of the country by affecting the dignity and values of its women due to his disagreement with Islamic countries conservative lifestyle. His movies have been banned and not allowed to be screened in many of these countries because of its sexual contents most especially his film “Much Loved” that talks about prostitution in Morocco.
Nabil Ayouch was born to a Moroccan Muslim father and a French Jewish mother of a Tunisian origin. Contrary to what people may think Nabil grew up in Sarsel, a city in France, where he didn’t have the privilege to enjoy any of his father’s glory and fame.
He turned to cinema at an early age and went to study theater before starting his career as a screenwriter and director at an advertising agency. His first film titled “Maktoob” which was released in 1997, but he became popular when he released his controversial film “Ali Zawa” the movie that raised a lot of issues related to its topic, language, presentation, and sexual scenes performed by the Moroccan artist Amal ayoush.
The public and especially reviewers always almost do patiently wait for his for his films because they know they must be controversial. They know Nabil’s attitude of provoking the society values by tackling the issue of homosexuality in his films. “A Moment of Darkness” was banned in Morocco and discussed in the Moroccan parliament by political parties who regarded it as disrespect to the Moroccan values. Ayouch’s last film “Razia” was about individual freedoms but this time with less controversy as the media only focused on the brave role of Ayouch’s new wife Maryam Tuzani.