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Moroccan Film Industry

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Although Moroccan cinema does not cater to a very large commercial market in the past, there is no denying that it is alive and well and start attracting millions of viewers every year. On average, Morocco produces a little more than ten feature length films a year. In terms of creativity, Moroccan cinema is the most advanced in North Africa. Unlike the films produced  by many Arab countries, and known for its mass-appeal melodramas, most of the films that come out of Morocco are original, culturally-oriented movies. Just get acquainted with the philosophy and of course films and subjects treated  by such directors as Souheil Benbarka and Imane Mesbahi we wrote about in this issue, and you will discover what we are talking about here.

In 1970, H. Bennani's film "Wechma" marked a turning point for Moroccan cinema, and has a great impact on other directors. "Chergui", by M. Smihi followed in 1975. The film, a fragmented chronicle of childhood set in Tangier, was hailed as a revelation by critics. M. Smihi's latest film "Caftan d'Amour", was adapted from the novel The Big Mirror by Paul Bowles and M. M'Rabet.

"Hadda", by M. Aboulouakar, is a film of amazing visual beauty. "Une porte ouverte sur le Ciel", by Farida Belyazid, sensitively examines the inner conflicts of a girl who has lived abroad for many years. Other well-known Moroccan directors include Bouanani, Derkaoui, Maanouni, Tazi, Benbarka, Mesbahi.

The Moroccan Cinematographic Center

The Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM) has been created in 1944 and reorganized in 1977. Its major role is the organization and the promotion of film industry in Morocco and the looking after the application of all legislation and regulation concerning this field. 

The CCM issues the following : Practice permits, for the benefit of film producers and distributors (cinema and video), as well as for the benefit of film exhibitors and owners of video clubs, Film shooting permits, Professional identity cards, Film exploiting certificate.

The CCM set up some actions and structures that can facilitate to the film makers, the obtention of all required permits within the allotted time, and offer an efficacious professional assistance. This can be expressed in the following terms : Simplification of the administrative procedures concerning the shooting permits as well as every other permit, Customs facilities : The transit operations for temporary importation of different shooting equipment are carried on by the Moroccan Cinematographic Center and covered by its moral guarantee, Possibility of hiring shooting equipment and vehicles.