Tatooine today: Traveler seeks old set of Star wars


To some Star Wars fans, Episode IV: A New Hope was the best Star Wars film ever made. It was the first one, made by George Lucas, and it launched the passionate followed by enthusiasts around the world. In the first hour of the film, the setting is in a vast desert on the Planet Tatooine. There, Luke Skywalker discovers he is more than just a farmer boy shooting womp rats for fun, Obi Wan is brought back to jedi action and Han Solo lays low from slug gangster Jabba the Hutt. So the question looms, what’s happened to Tatooine now?

Visual artist and film maker Ra Di Martino decided to set out on a journey to re-discover some of the classic movie sets in the North African deserts. For many film crews in this area, instead of tearing down and storing the sets, they were simply left in the desert to join the sand and geological formations. Spending a month traveling around Chott el Djerid in Tunisia, she found the original sets for Tatooine and set about photographing the abandoned village. It wasn’t easy to find them, but with the help of the local police and some local desert dwellers, she found the Mos Eisley Cantina and had a drink. Check out more of her photography here.












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Shawn Saleme

Shawn Saleme is a contributing writer for Visual News. A 4th generation San Franciscan, Shawn has developed an adventurous spirit that has taken him to over 55 countries. His degree in cultural anthropology shapes his perspective and thirst to socially experiment in a rapidly shifting planet. His work has been featured in the Seattle Times, The Globalist and the Daily Mail. Currently he is writing a book about the shared economy. Connect with him @shawnsaleme.

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  1. Jonathan Blairsays:

    Those pics of Mos Eisley from Star Wars are very cool. It’s kind of creepy, in a weird way — but I like it very much. Thank you for sharing!

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