Rabat – Ouarzazate, nicknamed The door of the desert, has become the world’s second film-making destination, French TV Channel France 3 reported on Saturday.
“Its exceptional lighting, its natural environment, for this reason, numerous are those who choose this city of southern Morocco,” to shoot their films, said the TV reporter.
In fifty years the city hosted over a hundred shootings. Films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Living Daylights (1987), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), The Mummy (1999), Gladiator (2000), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Kundun (1997), Legionnaire (1998), and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011) were shot here.
The success story of Ouarzaztae started fifty years ago, with the shooting of the film Laurence of Arabia, which was filmed in 1962. The city has 200 hectares of shooting studios.
Since then filmmakers from all over the world flocked to city, attracted by its lighting, its vastness and the quality of its people.
During the time of the shooting of films, the cinema industry provides employment to 80% of the population, who in “one way or another” earn its living through its participation in these productions.