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Latest Star Wars film reportedly to begin filming in Morocco

New York - According to a Badass Digest report earlier this week, production and filming of Star Wars Episode VII will begin in Morocco this May. The director of the film, JJ Abrams, is rumored to have decided on Morocco for its desert-like topography as a backdrop for Star Wars planet Tatooine. “George Lucas originally shot some Tatooine scenes in Morocco for the original trilogy although most of them were ...

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Documentary ‘Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from Mellah’ screened in Washington suburb

Rockville, State of Maryland - The documentary "Tinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes from Mellah" by French-Moroccan filmmaker Kamal Hachkar was screened, on Sunday in the city of Rockville (Suburb of Washington D.C) at the initiative of the Association of Moroccan Diaspora in America (AMDA). The Moroccan-born movie director explores in this documentary the 2000-year-old mellah (Jewish quarter) in his family’s village ...

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Close To 40 Movies To Be Screened In Tetouan Festival Of Mediterranean Cinema

Tetouan - A total of 38 short and long movies and documentaries, representing Mediterranean countries, will be screened during the 20th Tetouan festival of Mediterranean movies held in this Moroccan northern city this March 29 through April 5. The Festival opened in the presence of several Arab and Moroccan stars, cinema professionals and intellectuals. The festival jury, chaired by Spanish director, Ismael ...

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Twelve Moroccan Movies in Geneva Oriental Film Festival

Geneva- Twelve Moroccan movies, including four long movies, are competing for the awards of the Geneva oriental film festival, taking place from April 4 through 13, according to MAP.  Moroccan novelist and poet, Tahar Benjelloun, was selected to be the honorary chairman of the festival jury. He will also chair the international contest jury, the same source added. The 2014 edition will focus on Syrian cinem ...

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Clint Eastwood to Shoot American Sniper in Morocco

Casablanca - Super movie star Clint Eastwood is back with a fresh breath—the veteran filmmaker has an upcoming film project entitled American Sniper.  The shooting will take place in Morocco. Morocco’s beautiful landscape is still the favorite setting of world’s most successful blockbusters, and Eastwood’s upcoming film project is predicted to be a smash hit. Starring in the film are Bradley Cooper as Chris ...

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Save Cinemas in Morocco: founder Tarik Mounim on the fight to preserve public art in Morocco

Philadelphia- Tarik Mounim is the founder of Save Cinemas in Morocco, an organization dedicated to preserving traditional theaters to promote public cinema in Morocco. Tarik Mounim first learned of the derelict state of Moroccan cinemas when he returned to his home country from Paris in 2006 for a role in the film Goodbye Mothers, which included scenes shot in an old theater in Tetouan. “When I saw how amaz ...

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Most Muslim countries ban the film Noah, will Morocco ban it?

Taroudant, Morocco - The upcoming Paramount Pictures movie Noah has already created a polemic in Muslim countries before it has been released in theaters. While Morocco’s High Council of Religious Scholars has not yet issued any official statement banning the film, a heated debate is going on social media over the American film, and some news websites wonder whether Morocco will ban Noah. According to Reute ...

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Tahar Benjelloun Made Honorary Chairman of Geneva International Oriental Film Festival

Geneva - Moroccan novelist and poet Tahar Benjelloun was made honorary chairman of Geneva's 9th international oriental film festival, scheduled next April 4-13. Moroccan novelist and poet made honorary chairman of Geneva international oriental film festival Benjelloun will also chair the jury of the international contest that will award gold and silver prizes. The Moroccan novelist will also give a lecture ...

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Nabil Ayouch’s ‘Horses Of God’ To Be delivered For U.S. Distribution

Casablanca- Director Nabil Ayouch’s Les Chevaux De Dieu (Horses of God), which premiered at Cannes 2012 and was Morocco’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards this year. Evaluating the film, Variety said “the pic delves into a shantytown atmosphere of machismo, wounded pride and powerlessness, which collectively act as a petri dish for fanaticism. By spending considerable time on milie ...

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Ban ‘Noah’ movie, says Egypt’s top Islamic body

CAIRO - Egypt's top Islamic body said on Thursday the big budget Hollywood biblical epic "Noah" starring Russell Crowe was irreligious and should not be screened in the country. Al-Azhar institute, one of the region's main Sunni Muslim authorities, said the movie, slated to open in Egypt on March 26, violated Islam by portraying a prophet. The film has already angered some Christian institutions in the Unit ...

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Cuaron wins first directing Oscar for Latin America

Mexico City— As a boy, Mexico's Alfonso Cuaron dreamed of becoming an astronaut. Instead, he has soared into Hollywood's stratosphere, winning the best director Oscar on Sunday for his space thriller "Gravity." Cuaron became the first Latin American to win the film world's top directing prize, with a 3D movie starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts lost in space after an accident. "Sandy, y ...

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‘12 Years a Slave’ wins best picture Oscar

Hollywood- The slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, becoming the first film from a black director to win the film industry’s top honor in the 86 years of the Academy Awards. The film from British director Steve McQueen is based on the memoirs of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who is tricked and sold into bondage in Louisiana in an unflinching account of pre-Civil War sl ...

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