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Eagle
Street Scripts
The Legacy of the Dead
L.A. Crash
5th Street
A Street Story
Noir
Where the streets have no name
Flow
5 Photographs
Ocean Front Walk
MacArthur Park
The Legend of Zorro
Traffic
A Speech
Les Skateurs
Vous-êtes allemand?
Javi
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Vous-êtes allemand? (You are German?)
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Video, 11 min, 2004
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In this video, tourists come into contact with local circus people on the central square in Marrakech, Morocco. The circus people make a living by letting tourists touch their tame, exotic animals, like apes or snakes. Since they sometimes use very rough methods in order to capture the tourists’ attention, the interactions frequently become irritating. The tourists handle the situations very differently. Some are frightened or annoyed, some remain calm, and others are happy to play with the animals and pose for pictures. The soundtrack features excerpts from interviews, in which Moroccans who work in tourism try to guess the citizenship of the tourists in the video. Furthermore, the conversations discuss the prevalent ways that Moroccans perceive tourists from different countries, as well as national clichés.