The setting lies in "Chott-el-Jerid" desert, not far from Nefta oasis. It is a large plateau of salt and sand, below sea level. When it rains about five times a year, the Chott is covered with a thin layer of water: the phreatic element comes up from underground and levels every bump. But normally, the desert appears as an immense dried out pancake. The sun creates an astonishing mirror effect, the horizon meets the sky and that gives this aspect of infinity shown in the movie.

The farm entrance has disappeared a long time ago, as well as the roof. But craters remain, which once housed the circumference of the habitation shaft. One would ask how these craters, which were dug out more than twenty years ago by tractors, have partially remained ?  The answer is that the ground is made of particularly rich clay. The perimeter of the crater burned by years of sun and scorching heats really became a solid wall, displaying why the soil of the desert, when molded into bricks and cooked in an oven, is the main construction material of the region.

The place seems to be directly taken out of the movie: same craters, same quietness, and same immensity. At the end of the day, the sky's light turns to orange, in a vision that would conjure sweet memories of John William's violins and Luke Skywalker's melancholic look toward sunset in the heart of any Star Wars fan.


Lars Owen Farm, 1976

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Lars Owen Farm, 1976

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Same place, 1997

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Lars Owen Farm, 1976

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Same place, 1997

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Lars Owen Farm's main well,  1997 :

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