"Morocco" is one of the only shorts I have done since I graduated college.This film was inspired by, and grew out of, a two week trip through Morocco in 2005, with my best friend. It is created entirely out of photos, enhanced with motion graphics inspired by Islamic art and in particular, mosaics. Although it began as a playful exercise, with the encouragement of friends it grew to its current length and took over a year of on-and-off work to finish.
Among common phrases spoken by strangers on that journey were: "We have nothing against the American people. We appreciate their visits. Please tell your friends to come to Morocco, we would love to see them here. We have not seen many Americans here since the war began. Please tell your friends and family that we are not terrorists." The most common phrase however was: "Welcome to Morocco."
The intent became not only to document a journey and express appreciation and awe for this amazing country, but to educate and inspire travelers in response to the pleas of so many Moroccans we encountered. I wanted to accomplish this without any reference to politics or religion, without creating debates or stating arguments. Thus, the film aims at allowing the viewers to see Morocco not through the veil of current events or personal prejudices, but via an experience of the country through the eyes of a visitor.
The result has been referred to as the best photo album ever created and the longest exercise in futility, It was suggested many times that it should be pitched to the Moroccan Tourism Board as a ready-made commercial. I received complaints about use of toilets and donkeys as somehow insulting to Moroccan people...
Nearly everyone, however, expressed interest in, and excitement about, visiting Morocco, and that indeed is the primary goal of this film. If you have a strong opinion about it, feel free to drop me a line!
PS: This was finished in 2006, and the original version was still created at 4x3. The images were shot mostly with a now pitiful-sounding 3-megapixel camera.