Cinema of Morocco

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Cinema of Morocco
Cinéma Rif Essaouira - auteur Mario Scolas.JPG
Cinema Rif Essaouira
Number of screens 68 (2011)[1]
 • Per capita 0.2 per 100,000 (2011)[1]
Main distributors Megarama
Magreb Modern Films
Produced feature films (2011)[3]
Fictional 23
Animated -
Documentary 1
Number of admissions (2012)[5]
Total 2,011,294
 • Per capita 0.08 (2010)[4]
National films 681,341 (33.8%)
Gross Box Office (2012)[5]
Total MAD 69.2 million
National films MAD 19.3 million (27.8%)

The cinema of Morocco refers to the film industry in Morocco.


Cinema in Morocco has a long history, stretching back over a century to the filming of Le chevrier Marocain ("The Moroccan Goatherd") by Louis Lumière in 1897. Between that time and 1944, many foreign movies were shot in the country, especially in the Ouarzazate area.

In 1944, the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM), the nation's film regulatory body, was established. Studios were also opened in Rabat.

In 1952, Orson Welles' Othello won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival under the Moroccan flag. However, the Festival's musicians did not play the Moroccan national anthem, as no one in attendance knew what it was.[6]

Six years later, Mohammed Ousfour would create the first Moroccan movie, Le fils maudit ("The Damned Son").

In 1968, the first Mediterranean Film Festival was held in Tangier. In its current incarnation, the event is held in Tetouan.

This was followed in 1982 with the first national festival of cinema, which was held in Rabat.

In 2001, the first International Film Festival of Marrakech (FIFM) was also held in Marrakech.

Notable films[edit]

  • Le chevrier Marocain (1897)
  • Le fils maudit (1958)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Table 8: Cinema Infrastructure - Capacity". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Table 6: Share of Top 3 distributors (Excel)". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Table 1: Feature Film Production - Genre/Method of Shooting". UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Country profile: 2. Morocco". Euromed Audiovisual. p. 114. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Bilan cinematographique 2012". Centre Cinématographique Marocain. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  6. ^

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