If it is a Moroccan summer mood you’re looking for, look no further.
Almost exactly one year ago, in the early summer of 2013, the Greek photographer Yiannis Hadjiaslanis travelled around Morocco and photographed eleven urban centres – including Casablanca, Tangier, Fez and Marrakech – over 23 days.
The photographic journey and project – called Intersections – intensely highlighted his discovery of a contemporary and colourful Morocco. Avoiding the typical travel images or clichés he shows how multi-layered Mediterranean atmospheres and curious colours permeate into the everyday.
Now, you can now view some of the fascinating work from this particular project online at Hadjiaslanis’s website: http://www.hadjiaslanis.com/index.php?/work/intersections
Founder of Cinema Maroc Houda Lakhdar is an expert blogger and a graduate of the Higher School of Visual Arts, Marrakech. Well known on the indie film circuit, Lakhdar’s short film “Zahra” – produced in 2012 – made its debut at the Spring Festival of Arab Cinema in Paris as well as at the Festival of Mediterranean Short Films, Tangier. So, given all this, Lakhdar is well placed to run a successful blog on the Moroccan film industry.
The website Lakhdar runs, Cinema Maroc, covers most aspects of Moroccan film and is a must-visit for movie-buffs. There is a News section which informs visitors to the site about what is happening right now – usually interviews and events – and a Ranking section which reviews films, normally independent ones. The Archives section is crammed full of factoids about actors, little-known films and interviews with local film stars.
The website is regularly updated here www.cinema-maroc.com and you can follow on Twitter too @CinemaMaroc
We recently contributed to the website www.theculturetrip.com a well-known, and highly useful, web resource that showcases the best of art and culture for every country in the world. Morocco is covered well and the site includes essays and round-ups on everything from expat writers in Tangiers, to the top ten art galleries in Morocco.
The site also sells books and films about Morocco, including classics like ‘Casablanca’ and ‘Morocco’, a classic romantic drama starring Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich. Travel books include all the regular guidebooks along with specific books on culture and shopping, and there are also titles covering spirituality, art, architecture, fiction, history and food.
For our contribution, we chose to write about gardens in Marrakech in a piece called ‘An Oasis of Calm: The Historical Gardens of Marrakech.’ In the article we talk about how the gardens of Marrakech have inspired writers and artists over the years and which ones are really worth a visit. You can read the piece here: