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Travelogue: Marrakesh, Morocco 1951

Posted on 12/5/2017 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

In this episode of Travelogue we visit 1951 Marrakesh, Morocco with seasoned traveler Watson Kintner. The city’s center square, Jemaa el-Fnaa, was a hub for travelers and locals alike, to buy and sell goods, entertain, and even get haircuts. To this day, Jemaa el-Fnaa remains a significant part of the city, although it has felt outside pressure for modern commercial expansion. To prevent unwanted overbuilding, UNESCO recently proclaimed the square to be a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, because of its rich tradition of oral storytelling and performance. Preserving tradition in a modern world is no simple task, and while the square has no doubt changed since Kintner’s visit, it is reassuring to hear that the spirit is intact.

Produced by David Conover & Paul Villanova

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

Compare the Morocco of the past to the current-day Jemaa el-Fnaa square when you join O.A.T. for Morocco Sahara Odyssey.

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