Rabat – Morocco has become one of the most popular filming sites in the world, where international filmmakers have long flocked to in order to shoot their movies.
Several scenes, of numerous hit films, have been filmed in Morocco, such as “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” “Les Nouvelles Aventures d’Aladin,” and “Mission Impossible.”
Last year, UK news website “The Guardian” ranked Morocco among the Top 10 Destinations for worldwide filmmakers, who regard it as an “exotic” and “spiritual” place by virtue of its picturesque and stunning landscapes and ancient cities such as Ouarzazate, which is known as the “Moroccan Hollywood.”
Well-known films such as “Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Man Would Be King,” “Kingdom of Heaven,” and “Babel” have all been shot in Ouarzazate.
Ouarzazate, nicknamed “the door to the desert,” a city in the southeast of Morocco, is regarded as the capital of movies in Morocco. It nestles Atlas Studio, the first film studio located in North Africa and one of the largest movie studios in the world, created in 1983.
Atlas Studio covers 20 hectares of land and offers filming sets and equipment for directors. It is distinguished by the Pharaonic statues at its entrance.
Artur Maria–Vith Nathanel, nicknamed Art Moyah, is a Polish photographer who was amazed by Morocco’s picturesque landscapes and took advantage of his trip to Morocco last May to photograph the landmark that is Atlas Studio.
In an interview with Morocco World News, the photographer said, “For many years, I have traveled to southern Spain and Portugal. Whenever I visited Gibraltar, Seville and surrounding areas, I encountered Moroccan culture, products and art that mesmerized me.”
“Later, I decided to visit Morocco. I read about its tourist areas and Ouarzazate was one of them. It seemed to me that Atlas Studio is an interesting site to take pictures at since I really liked the movies that have been filmed in it,” said Moyah. “When I arrived to Atlas Studio, my eyes trembled — I felt like I was a part of the movies that have been made in it,” he added.