Jemaa el-Fna: Shooting in the head of Marrakech

All productions facilities to meet people and shoot in Jemaa el-Fn – Marrakech (Fixer in Marrakech)

For the filmmakers and journalists the place of Jemaa el-Fna was always a must and also a beautiful place to capture the time of an old Morocco that remains alive. Many cinema and documentary films have been filmed in this place since more than 100 years, the young generations are always on site to continue the show, they invent nothing, they only share their own life as Moroccans.

We are at the place of Jemaa el-Fna in Marrakech, the atmosphere is amazing, colorful, noisy, this place is effervescent in the heart of the city. At any time of the day and evening: Taxis cross horses and carriages, monkeys make grimaces, men and snakes, storytellers and poets, Berber musicians and Gnawis dancers… all the elements to create the show are there. Around the square a variety of services such as dental care, traditional medicine, divination, preaching, henna tattoo. Finally, and after the sunset, Jemaa el-Fna square becomes a huge open-air restaurant.

This place in Marrakech has been protected since 1922 as part of Morocco’s artistic heritage. Having become one of the symbols of the city since its foundation in the eleventh century, it offers an exceptional concentration of popular Moroccan cultural traditions that express themselves through music, religion and various artistic expressions. Today, it’s Inscribed (since 2008) on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Jemaa el-Fna is one of the main cultural spaces in Marrakech.

Shooting in Jemaa el-Fna is not easy, it requires first an official shooting permit, then prepare a whole logistics for a good production conditions. A budget is needed to pay people who ask for money to be filmed, the fixer must permanently haggle and negotiate to avoid surprises. But filming in the place of Jemaa el-Fna is always a pleasure, we do not go unnoticed in this space because people are used to talk and have a good time.

Dec 2023 – Jemaa el-Fna Square (Marrakech – Morocco)
By: Khalid Leo FAKHAR
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