At the doors of the desert, in the south of Morocco lies a small town called Ouarzazate. It was founded by the French legions in the early 20's of the past century as the furthest military base for colonial conquest of the East in the region of North Africa. As one of the tools used for this "civilizing mission", as it was named and believed by the French empire, came the new apparatus - camera. Ouarzazate and its long lasting relation with cinema served as a point of departure from which whole film developed. Since 2010 we start to collect and capture signs relating the fiction and the reality of Ouarzazate, city growing to the modernity influenced by the economical and imaginary emphasis of film production. As the story evolved, it grew to include the immediate surroundings and the people living there and working for the movies, the world and the people devoting their lives to the cinematic illusion.  

Michał Mądracki, Gilles Lepore, Maciej Mądracki
Otter Films

Michał Mądracki »

Born in 1979 in Cracow. In 2003 he graduated from religious studies in the Jagiellonian University. Writer, scenarist, author of short literary and film forms.

Gilles Lepore »

Born in 1972 in Porrentruy [Switzerland]. Film-maker, author of comic books and illustrations. 1998 graduated School of Visual Arts in Bienne, Switzerland. In 2000 film director internship in Belgium with Jean-Jacques Adrien. 2003 scholarship managed by Professor Jerzy Kucia in the animation studio of the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. His first short, animated movie “The Cage” was presented on numerous film festivals. Member of SwissFilm and the Swiss Association of Film Animators.

Maciej Mądracki »

Born in 1984 in Cracow [Poland]. Graduate student of film studies in the Institute of Audiovisual Arts of the Jagiellonian University. Since 2007, student of directing in the Krzysztof Kieślowski Department of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia in Katowice. Author of experimental movies and short video forms.