“Ayam” Is A Stunning Portrayal Of Female Bonds

For Sofia El Khyari, “Ayam” is deeply personal. Born in Casablanca and studying film in London, she delved deep into her personal experiences to show three generations of women sharing and bonding during Eid Al Adha.

“One of the main themes in the film is the idea of sacrifice,” she explained. “I always grew up with the idea of Moroccan women being strong, generous and very dedicated to their children’s happiness, they sacrifice their dreams to help their kids. Eid Al Adha is a ceremony that symbolises the ritual of sacrifice: family and friends reunite and enjoy together a copious meal.”

The short film has gone on to make waves on the festival circuit and has received a lot of attention for both its strong themes and its beautiful cut-out animation, drawing from many traditional Moroccan patterns. It’s technically astounding and aesthetically beautiful, helping to both underline and move the story forward.

You can see the whole short here:

Sharing stories while preparing for a celebration with family and friends is one of the most universal experiences — which is why this story, so deeply rooted in El Khyari’s own history, speaks to all of us. It’s a powerful offering from a blossoming young filmmaker.