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Wadi Rum: more than 50 years a popular film location

wadi rum is a popular film location for movies like theeb
A lot of moviemakers use Wadi Rum desert and other places in Jordan like Petra as background for (parts) of their movies. A wide variety of beautiful landscapes and well-preserved ruins attracted some of the world’s most famous film directors. Our homeland has a very long and rich history. Enough exciting stories that will make great movies. The unearthly look of Wadi Rum with its red-colored sand and towering cliffs also makes it an ideal location to shoot sci-fi films.

Movies about Wadi Rum desert history

The most famous film about Wadi Rum’s history is David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia. Shoot in 1962; it tells the remarkable story about the British intelligence officer T.E. Lawrence who was assigned to investigate the progress of the Arab revolt against Ottoman rule. He organizes a guerrilla army to fight the Turks successfully. In Wadi Rum, you can still visit places related to Lawrence. Have a look at our blog about Lawrence of Arabia to read more about these linked sites.

This year, 2014, a new movie about Bedouin history was released. Naji Abu Nowar’s multiple award-winning film, Theeb. It is an adventure movie about the young Bedouin boy Theeb (meaning wolf) chasing after his brother Hussein who is leading a British army officer to his destination. Theeb embarks on a treacherous journey across the desert. If he wants to survive, he must quickly learn about adulthood, trust, and betrayal. Nowar shot the movie in Wadi Rum, and most actors are locals from Wadi Rum.

Famous movies shot in Wadi Rum desert

Recently Canadian Niv Fichman and his crew visited Wadi Rum to shoot scenes for their movie Hyena Road. This movie is about the Canadian war effort in Afghanistan. Next year The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott starring Matt Damon, will be released. This Hollywood movie tells the story about how an astronaut struggles to survive as he stranded on Mars. Other films released in the past are May in the Summer (2013), Prometheus (2012), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Red Planet (2000), Passion in the Desert (1998) and The English patient (1996).
Do you want to see the beautiful landscape that attracts so many famous filmmakers with your own eyes? Or do you want to make your movie or home video in Wadi Rum? We are more than happy to include some of the best and most famous movie spots in your tour program. See for yourself why the Wadi Rum desert is a popular film location.

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