Tunisia: Real-world Tatooine / Lecture at FEDCON in Bonn
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FedCon 30 | Vortrag | Tunisia: Real-world Tatooine | Davin Anderson

Located in the Maghreb region of North Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisia is inextricably linked to the genesis of the Star Wars universe and distinguished as the country with the second most number of unique Star Wars film sites (12 total). Spread across more than some 500 kilometers of diverse geography and climate in southern Tunisia, the sites were collectively used to film a myriad of iconic Tatooine scenes in four of the Skywalker saga live-action movies: A New Hope, The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith. Separate third-party footage from Tunisia was utilized in the live-action series The Mandalorian (Chapter 5: “The Gunslinger”).

The lecture Tunisia: Real-world Tatooine by Davin Anderson highlights new historical discoveries in the field of Star Wars franchise filming in Tunisia. Original research topics presented in the lecture are as follows:

  • – Hotel Sidi Idriss: Lars Homestead ceiling mural origins
  • – Maguer Gorge: Pre-1976 graffiti in the Jundland Wastes
  • – Ajim: Mos Eisley film site neighborhood layout
  • – Amghar Mosque: Last-minute footage at Old Ben Kenobi’s house
  • – Taher Khawa: TK-1 & #TheOriginalSix stormtroopers

The lecture is engaging, humorous, packed with fresh details, flooded with visual graphics/maps/photos, and tailored to Star Wars fans of all types.



In collaboration with Galaxy Tours, Taher Khawa (TK-1), the first identified member of #TheOriginalSix stormtroopers, autographed his first batch of prints on 11 February 2022 at two separate Star Wars film sites located in the vicinity of his home in Nefta (Tunisia). Taher signed prints at the Gour Beni Mzab dune range area in which dune sea stormtrooper activity on fictional Tatooine was filmed on 25 March 1976 for the original Star Wars. This was Taher’s first visit to the film site area in over 45 years. Additional prints were signed at the nearby Lars Homestead exterior set on the Chott el-Djerid salt flats, marking the first documented visit to this iconic location by any Star Wars franchise stormtrooper extra.

Galaxy Tours is providing two of these signed #TheOriginalSix prints for a raffle at FedCon 30. Galaxy Tours has exclusive rights to manage/distribute all TK-1 signed memorabilia. All fans who visit the Tunisia: Real-world Tatooine lecture can participate.

    Lecturer: Davin Anderson
    Duration: 60 min  -  The Lecture will be held in: english
    Hello there! My name is Davin Anderson. I earned a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee, USA) in Biblical Studies, focusing on Hebrew Bible and Greek New Testament textual analysis, origins, redaction history, and primary source reconstruction.

    As the youngest of four brothers, my cultural upbringing centered on Star Wars mythology and Indiana Jones adventure archaeology. My public-sector career has enabled me to live internationally the majority of my adult life. I have extensive experience in Tunisia, which has cultivated a deep familiarity with Tunisian history, security, geography, culture, cuisine, tourism, and the Star Wars film & recce sites dispersed among the southern governorates of Tozeur, Gabès, Médenine, and Tataouine.

    Galaxy Tours is the perfect fusion of my lifelong pursuits and foundational influences. I am passionate about the Galaxy Tours mission to connect the global Star Wars community to Tunisia, the real-world home to fictional Tatooine.

    The intense, nearly three-year effort to author www.galaxytours.com required extensive primary source research, professional networking, field work, and academic expertise. This effort led to new historical discoveries in the field of Star Wars franchise filming in Tunisia.

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