Rabat - Hatim Abdelghafour is young Moroccan actor who has appeared in several European and American films, Middle Eastern mega-drama productions and local cinema and TV works. His filmography and television career include, Arabic TV series: “Sakr Qouraich”, “Molouk Atawaeif” (2002) and “Omar” (2011); European and Moroccan Drama: “L’Eté Ou Tout à Basculer” and “Une heure en...0
Pictures Show Abandoned Moroccan Film Sets Once Home to Hollywood Productions
Rabat - The Moroccan region of Ouarzazate has for long been home to many major film and TV productions in the world such as “Lawerence of Arabia”, “Gladiator”, “The Mummy” and “Game of Thrones."
Yet, sadly enough, the places where these works were shot lacked glamour because of the poverty of the local population.
Despite being a favorite filming location by many worldwide renowned filmmakers, mega film productions poured into the region but not the money that would guarantee a sustainable development in it.
A good number of the local population are in a state of continuous waiting of movies and documentaries to be filmed in the region, hoping to be cast as extras and earn some money to cope with the hardship of life.
Added to that, a sense of decay is now deeply felt just where the shooting of memorable films and very successful TV productions took place.
Abandoned film sets, that were once a highly attractive film location, stand witnesses to the sad story of this place.
In an article by the British news website “The Sun,” pictures taken by a Dutch photographer show one of the sets deserted and in a state of ruin.
“It looked like there had been multiple shoots, because the sets were slightly different compared to the old pictures I had found – and an extra wall had been built, said Bob Thissen, the photographer of the pictures of the abandoned set adding that, “it clearly hadn’t been used for a long time, as part of the set had already collapsed and another part was close to collapsing.”
Thissen went on to say that, “most movie sets are located near the active studios and can be visited legally, but some are remote, abandoned and decayed.”
A few kilometers away, the Dutch photographer discovered more abandoned film locations.
While documenting his finds, Thissen said “it was cool to find such a big movie set abandoned and left alone in the desert”.
It would certainly be difficult to assume that Moroccans would see that way.
Many people would find nothing cool about an abandoned film set that could be used to generate some money for the local population, not matter how little it seems.