Rabat - The hills and deserts of Morocco have always attracted foreign filmmakers to the kingdom, but the ongoing unrest in the Arab World has made Morocco an even more popular filming destination than it has been in the past, according to a new report.
Rabat – The hills and deserts of Morocco have always attracted foreign filmmakers to the kingdom, but the ongoing unrest in the Arab World has made Morocco an even more popular filming destination than it has been in the past, according to a new report.
“[Morocco is] the only country that has escaped from the imbalance that has swept the Arab world,” said Fassi Fihri, director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Center, which authorizes filming permits for foreigners. “Our stability provides one of the last ways to shoot ‘oriental’ scenes of the Middle East,” Fihri was quoted by Hespress as saying.
Fihri said that a single foreign project has the power to create work for 200 Moroccans, including actors, painters, carpenters and electricians, depending on the nature of the shoot.
The recent film American Sniper, which depicted the Iraqi city of Fallujah, was shot in the outskirts of the twin cities of Rabat and Sale. The extras were Moroccan citizens and the national military provided the vehicles and weapons seen in shots starring Clint Eastwood as a famed marksman Chris Kyle.
Nicolas Cage recently visited Marrakech to film Army of One, a satire film inspired by the true story of a construction worker who attempts to arrest the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
The American television show Homeland, long criticized for its offensive portrayal of Muslims, shot scenes depicting Tehran in an area between Rabat and Casablanca.
Game of Thrones famously chose Essaouira to film the fictional city of Ostubber and Ait Ben Haddou in Ouarzazate province features as a fortified city in the series as well. Ouarzazate also hosts a series of sets styled to resemble ancient Egypt, small villages and other settings.