Morocco: Understanding the country

Moroccan faces. Tribute to Leila Alaoui, Moroccan photographer. Credit: Leila Alaoui.

It is a country that is part of the Arab world, it is Muslim as it is inscribed on the constitution, and it is a Kingdom with a royal family that has reigned for four centuries in a continuous way. Morocco is part of West Africa with close and conflicting relations for 8 centuries, it shares with this region of Africa a common history, a language (French), and a religion (Islam).

In Morocco and for centuries the political and territorial autonomy was major for Moroccans, since 12 centuries the country was founded as autonomous on the one hand of the East Muslim and on the other hand of the Christian Europe, during its history it changed its borders more than 1000 times but it managed to cross the torrid storms of the Mediterranean sea, and so that it is today the kingdom of MOROCCO, with borders inherited from the French colonization during the 20 th century and a territorial conflict concerning Western Sahara.

It seems that we must understand and accept that Morocco was the promised land for the crossbreeding of cultures, religions and ethnicities, this is the historical truth, the real story does not begin with the arrival with Muslims from 14 centuries ago …. the oldest Homo sapiens of the globe was found in 2017 in Ighoud, a small village not far from the Atlantic coast in the center of the country, it dates is about 315 thousand years ago.

This is an awareness necessary to understand Morocco and Moroccans today, especially for a directors or journalists who are necessarily faced with this need to be able to tell their story to other viewers who are not Moroccan or muslims, and often this is not the case. Today’s Morocco is simply like a complex legacy of such geo-politically strategic geographic location, especially in relation to three regions of the world: the Arab world, Europe and West Africa.

Today, in Morocco, there are 5 different dialects: 2 Arabs and 3 berbers; Islam is the religion of the state but it does not prevail in the daily life of Moroccan society, the priority is for a certain openness that can be noticed especially in the big cities of Morocco. For foreign film crews, Morocco still offers opportunities to tell wonderful stories with beautiful natural lighting, those who have already experienced this can never annoy me.

Since 1999, Our small team has chosen to accompany the TV crews to shoot during their stay in Morocco to explain the culture and tradition of Moroccans, our faith is in free expression, and it will be forever. We are always here to tell you this wonderful story of Morocco, the one that has not yet been narrate.

Do I really need a film permit to shoot in Morocco? What equipment can I rent and what should I bring? How can I put together a great English-speaking crew? How can I get the shooting permit at time? how can i film with drones?… MPN TV has the answers.

Our local fixer basically arranges interviews, location permits, transport, hotels, meals, EVERYTHING that an out of town crew needs to shoot a story. He’s also a production coordinator, or local producer, this person have the magic touch to get things done. Our Fixers will most often act as a translator and guide, and will gain access to local people & regions that the correspondent would not otherwise have access to. From the beginning of our work in 1995, we opted that our local fixers are journalists or with experiences in TV Production industry here in Morocco.

Filming in Morocco can be a great experience, but like everywhere, it helps to have a local on your crew. Whether you need help with logistics, customs clearance (Morocco accept ATA carnet),film permits, hotel reservations, transport, translations, setting up interviews, locations, casting, to putting together a first rate crew, MPN TV is on your side, getting you the best prices & good deals.

At MPN TV we prevent problems before they arise. We ask questions, give you clear advice and make sure you tap into our network of suppliers to get the best offers. Producers, Directors, DOP’s, Photographers (Feature, documentary, tv, news) …pretty much any project worth doing well, requires some sort of ‘fixer’ – and it all starts at doing things legally, morally and efficiently.

In addition to our fixer service for TV and documentary shoots we also offer content for brands and networks, shoots for corporate videos, travel videos and complete production services for independent films and commercials.

We have worked with clients from many countries (in order of frequency): USA, UK, China, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Sweeden, Finland, Mexico, France, Spain, Austria… please see some of our TV programs for many TV Channels & Web TV around the world.

By: Khalid FAKHAR (LEO)
Journalist & Producer