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Engaged by the Lumière brothers as a cinematograph operator, photographer and filmmaker Gabriel Veyre became the photographer and cinematographer of the Sultan of Morocco in 1901. In 1935, Veyre traveled around the country to build an archive of daily Moroccan life, making films like View of the Main Square and the Small Square. In Mohamed Ulad Mohand's An American in Tangier, American writer and composer Paul Bowles reflects on his life in Morocco, his adopted home for over fifty years. Ouarzazate Movie looks at life in Ouarzazate, a small Moroccan town that makes its living from international cinema production. The whole population works as extras in films they will most likely never see. Filmmaker Ali Essafi follows the townspeople in their Hollywood dreams and their humiliations.

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