Rabat - Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar, who played the role of a prostitute in the controversial film “Much Loved,” has confessed that she does not care about Islam and doesn’t fast in Ramadan.
Rabat – Moroccan actress Loubna Abidar, who played the role of a prostitute in the controversial film “Much Loved,” has confessed that she does not care about Islam and doesn’t fast in Ramadan.
The controversial actress made the statement at a press conference in Spain, after receiving the “best actress” award for her role in “Much Loved” at the Gijon International Film Festival.
Abidar, 30, also expressed her love for Spanish wine and ham. “You [Spain] have such a very good wine and very good ham,” she said.
She told reporters that she was harshly criticized for her role in “Much Loved,” adding that she was also offended by Moroccan media, which caused her more suffering.
“Sex workers in Morocco are lost between the religion which is imposed on them and the hardship of life,” Abidar added.
“I grew up in a popular neighborhood which made me meet those women,” she explained.
Abidar had received death threats earlier this year, and recently had to move to Paris after she was physically assaulted in Casablanca.
Nabil Ayouch’s film exposes the phenomenon of prostitution in Morocco by following four prostitutes. The film caused an outcry for representing real porn scenes.
The film was banned by the government shortly after its screening at the Cannes film festival last May.
Both the film’s star, Loubna Abidar and the film’s director, Nabil Ayouch were charged in June with “pornography, indecency and inciting minors to debauchery” after clips of the film were leaked online.
Ayouch has also faced death threats, interrogation by the authorities, calls to hang him and a beheading fatwa by ISIS, since the first screening of his film in Cannes.