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Morocco - Ouarzazate - Saadiya Guardienne, age unknown, is one of the first female background actors in Ouarzazate. Orphan since her early age, Guardienne debuted in 1985 The Jewel of the Nile, the movie starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner which marked the start of Ouarzazate's cinema golden age. “At that time the local society was quite traditional and families didn't allow women to feature in movies, but I went to the casting because I was curious” she remembers. Guardienne, who nowadays manages a bread oven, has performed in more than 50 movies and is able to cry on command.