May 5 - Fans and local residents in Tunis march through the site of the beginning of the 2011 Arab Spring to celebrate the first International Star Wars Fans Association meeting. Elly Park reports.
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Star Wars fans from all around the world flocked to the Tunisian capital Tunis to celebrate the first International Star Wars Fans Association meeting.
Fans dressed up as characters from George Lucas's fictional universe filled the streets of the country that served as the backdrop of five out of six Star Wars movies.
But for some fans it was more amazing that these streets saw the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2011.
SOUNDBITE: German Citizen and Fan of Star Wars, Julia, saying (English)
"The crazy moment you realize you are on the street of the 14 January 2011, you're wearing a Star Wars costume and they're playing the Imperial March. It's just so totally crazy."
The event, organized in part by the Tunisian tourism office, is part of an effort to reinvigorate the country's tourism industry that has suffered after the revolution.
And for local residents it was a welcome distraction.
SOUNDBITE: Tunisian Resident, Sarah Chebbi, saying (French)
"It's nice to have some events like this downtown. We've had enough violence and strikes. Such events for young Tunisians are really appreciated."
The country hopes to get an extra boost from popular culture now that the next episodes in the Star Wars franchise, to be directed by director JJ Abrams, are set to start production next month.
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