Numerous Star Wars scenes were filmed at this desert film set in Ong Jmel, southern Tunisia, photographed April 5.(AFP/Noor)
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Tunisia announced a new international fundraising campaign Tuesday, whose object is to reclaim the set where numerous Star Wars scenes were filmed from the encroaching desert.The set for Mos Espa – hometown of Anakin Skywalker (aka Darth Vader), the protagonist/antagonist of the blockbuster film series – was built at Ong Jmel in southern Tunisia in the 1990s for the filming of a film that eventually came to be known as "Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope". The Tourism Ministry has teamed up with several organizations to launch the "Save Mos Espa" campaign, aiming to raise 300,000 Tunisian dinars ($189,000) for the restoration of the site, which has been damaged by shifting sand dunes.
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