Where was Borat filmed: The House, the Village and all the Filming Locations

Where was Borat 2 filmed
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Borat returns to Yankeeland with his teen daughter to carry out a secret mission in times of Covid. The sequel to the 2006 original film has the descriptive title: Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen insists on hurting the feelings of the citizens of Kazakhstan, who have complained multiple times about the use of their national flag and symbols in the mockumentary. The Borat movies have almost no connection to the authentic culture and traditions of Kazakhstan; The alleged Kazakh people in the film actually speak Romanian (well, Borat speaks Gibberish mixed with some Polish words).

Cohen, along with Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova, strikes back pranking conservative Americans all across the country. Here is our glorious spoiler-free filming locations report:

Borat village
The scenes of Borat's fictional born town in Kazakhstan, Kузцек (Kuztsek), were filmed in Romania. The backwater rural village was shot in a small commune in Mureș County called Valea Albeștiului (Albesti). Location scouts didn't go too deep into Transylvania to find the spot: The settlement is located less than 5 miles away from the historic center of Sighișoara. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999, Sighișoara is one of the most beautiful cities of this gorgeous region. The song played in the opening is Goran Bregovic's version of the popular Balkan Romani song Ederlezi, which became world-famous after being featured in Emir Kusturica's 1988 movie Time of the Gypsies.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
Image courtesy of Amazon Studios - Map


Scene in Kazakhstan
The 2006 film was shot in another town called Glod (that means "mud" in Romanian), located somewhere between Brasov and Bucharest. For Cohen, it wouldn't have been a good idea to go back there; The inhabitants of Glod were not very happy with the portrait of their people shown in the film, who were told the movie would be a documentary about the hardships of village life. Image courtesy of Amazon - Map


The fax store
The Halloween Highway Costume store is located in Greenville, South Carolina. Local press reported that the filmmakers showed up one day in the store and asked if they could shoot in there. The staff members were unfamiliar with the Borat character. The cupcake bakery is the Spartan Bakery, in Spartanburg SC. If you need to send a fax to your government, you can use the reliable services provided by the PMS Center in Newnan, Georgia. Image courtesy of Amazon - Maps: Costume shop / Bakery / Fax


Tutar Sagdiyev
Borat and Tutar are looking for an appropriate golden cage at Bill's Country Farm and Feed in Enumclaw near Seattle, WA. After getting advice from Instagram influencer Macey Chanel, the Sagdiyevs head to the Fantastic Sams Cut and Color and The Glo Tanning salon, both located in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Image courtesy of Amazon - Maps: Hardware store / Hair care franchise / Glo Tanning


Lone Star Boulevard
Father and daughter make a stroll in the State Fair of Texas (Lone Star Boulevard). This is a 24-day annual event held in Dallas, celebrating "all things Texan". The next prank takes place in the Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Image courtesy of Amazon - Maps: Fair / Pregnancy Center


Borat house
The debutante ball in Macon (Georgia) scene was filmed in the magnificent 19th-century mansion Johnston–Felton–Hay House. The filming was a rental where the producers paid fathers and daughters $50 for attending. However, the Macon Film Commission was not very happy with how the events turned out, as the real purpose of the shot was not discussed with them. The Wooten's Barber Shop is located in Eatonton, Georgia. Image courtesy of Amazon - Maps: Ball Venue / Hairdresser


Borat drehort
The actor crashed into the 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center (National Harbor, Maryland). At that time, the press didn't know that Cohen was the person dressed as Donald Trump who interrupted Mike Pence speech. The Republican Women's Club meeting takes place in the Hampton Inn of Eugene, (Oregon). The synagogue where Borat recovers the faith in his country is the Temple Kol Emeth in Marietta, Georgia.
Image courtesy of Amazon - Maps: Convention Center / Hampton Inn / Synagogue


Singing in the March for Our Rights
Borat makes new friends near the AAA Loan & Gun Shop in Tacoma, Washington state. In an interview with The New York Times, Cohen said that it was very hard to live in character for five days in the Lakewood lockdown house. The 'March for Our Rights' rally in downtown Olympia took place at Sylvester Park. According to The Olympian, Cohen escaped in a private ambulance after the crowd realized what he was saying and turned on him. The interview with Rudy Giuliani was shot in a New York hotel room. However, the scene when Borat and Tutar run through the street was filmed in Calea Victoriei in downtown Bucharest (Romania).
Image courtesy of Amazon - Maps: Gun Shop / Park

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8 comments
  1. There is a Wooten’s Barbershop in Weatherford, but this one is in Eatonton, Georgia.

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  2. After the Giuliani interview they run through downtown Bucharest Romania near the platinum casino.

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  3. I loved borat until i learned how he abused and took advantage of the people suffering in extreme poverty of Glod. He paid them 3 pounds a day, and depicted them as immoral and stupid. Then he treated them like they were stupid, and their struggles meaningless. He could have paid the actors of the village the same amount as a low paid actor in the US. It would barely have impacted him, but changed their lives for generations.
    Im all for making fun of people of privilege or other americans, but what he did to these villagers is immoral and cruel. I watched Borat 2 twice the same day it came out because i loved it so much. I can't enjoy any of his movies anymore. He's as bad, if not worse, than the racists he claims these movies are supposed to be satires of.

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  4. I'm wondering if you know where the opening (and closing) village scenes in Borat 2 were filmed? I'm assuming they weren't able to go back to the Romanian village so was the whole thing stage this time?

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    1. Probably exactly the one named in this article?

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  5. Do you know where the exterior of the hotel was filmed before the Guillermo Guiliani interview? It's clearly not NYC and not The Mark hotel which is where the actual interview occurs.

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