Project director Dr. Salima Najji filmed 360-degree footage of the granaries at Amtoudi and Id Issa, which was featured at an event during the COP22 climate summit in Marrakech, Morocco.

MARRAKECH, MOROCCO (November 14, 2016) – Under the direction of GHF’s project director for the Sacred Granaries project, Dr. Salima Najji, 360-degree film was shot of the two project granaries, Id Issa and Amtoudi. The footage was made available on total-immersion headsets at the stand for the Academy of the Kingdom of Morocco at COP22, the international climate conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

Directed by Mehdi Bensid with the collaboration of filmmakers Karim Belbachir and David Goeury, the film was shot by drone and shoulder camera for a unique, immersive experience at the sites.

“The idea [for the film] was to show the value of ancestral technologies based in raw earth and stone, to show the resilience of vernacular architecture, including its use in various “contemporary” social projects,” said Dr. Najji.

The Granaries of Amtoudi were severely damaged in flash floods during the winter of 2014. These granaries were once the center of communal life, serving as secure storehouses for grains and valuables, as markets for regional commerce, and as castles during times of civil strife. Although they are now emblematic of a vanishing Berber lifestyle, they continue to hold a significant spiritual place and are often still maintained by their ritual guardians, the amin.

Dr. Najji continued. “Because of their highly symbolic dimension, the oasis spaces constitute places of reflection on the inheritance, the present and the future of human societies. They attest to the ability of humans to create a viable and liveable environment for centuries despite extreme climatic constraints. Agriculture and construction are closely related to the stone, the earth and the palm. They are therefore a source of inspiration to reflect on the durability of contemporary buildings.”

The film features not only the Granaries of Amtoudi, which were restored in partnership with Global Heritage Fund and the Prince Claus Fund, but also the construction sites of the CIP of Tiznit, Tigemi n’Tamazirt or the Tiznit Blue Source, the Ksar of Tiskmoudine, Ait Ouabelli, and the Ksar square of Akka Ighan. Full footage of the film may be accessed by clicking here:

Ms. Nada Hosking, Director of Programs and Partnerships at Global Heritage Fund, said, “Films such as this are part of the future of heritage preservation. It’s just beautiful. You get to see how the workers preserved the site, which is rare for most preservation projects. These places were designed to be inaccessible so it’s a real treat to see them from every angle.”

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