Cinema Chinese Tanks and Soldiers Invade Rabat

Rabat – Chinese actors thronged Rabat’s downtown on Sunday to shoot war scenes of “Desert Storm”, a new feature film by Chinese director Dante Lam.Rabat’s inhabitants were astonished that the avenue of Mohammed VI had been turned into a battlefield deployed and fenced by military carts, tanks and artilleries. Chinese actors played the role of soldiers, as drones hovered above the city.Following this unprecedented scene, residents and pedestrians took photos and videos of the shooting and posed with the cast. The executive producer of the film, Zakaria Alaoui, said that “Desert Storm” is considered one of the biggest productions that have been filmed in Morocco within the last few years.Shooting for the movie will last 16 weeks, and according to Alaoui there is a large budget allotted for it. He said that a technical group  of 400 Moroccans and 300 Chinese  currently participates in the shooting of the movie.Shooting for the movie began on September 6, 2016 in Casablanca, and has most recently moved to Rabat.According to Alaoui it is set to be continued in several other Moroccan cities, including Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Errachidia, Merzouga, Salé, Marrakech, Agadir and Tangier. The Moroccan Cinematographic Center said that the film would also feature the participation of famous actor Jackie Chan.Morocco’s geographical location and stability have recently captured the attention of international media. In November 2016, it was extolled in an article published on American TV channel CNN following its recent rise to a major filmmaking hub in Africa and the Middle East.Over the past few years, many blockbuster films have been shot in Moroccan territory, including “Prison Break,” “Mission Impossible,” “Rogue Nation” starring Tom Cruise, “Les Nouvelles Aventures d’Aladin” and  “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

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