Star Wars Desert Rave – Vignette

Star Wars Desert Rave

for Al Jazeera America

For the second year in a row, a music festival was held on the fictional planet of Tatooine from Star Wars, also known in Tunisia as Ong Jemal. Vignette Interactive documented the rave and the famous sets all around the country.

The cult classic Star Wars films used southern Tunisia as a backdrop for many scenes, where pieces of Tunisian culture, including the traditional robes worn by old men, made their way into the movies as costumes for the Jawas. The festival, Dunes Electronique, was promoted as a way to bring tourism back to Tunisia and also to help preserve the Star Wars sets.

The challenge was there had been a terrorist attack a few months prior in Tunisia and many of the foreigners who had planned to attend pulled out of the festival. As a result there were fewer costumes and people that dressed as Star Wars, so we still had to find a way to show the connection to the movie.

See the full story with pictures, panoramas and an interview with Tara Todras-Whitehill here on Al Jazeera America.

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