The best time to film in the desert of Tunisia is from November to May,

The oasis region of Tozeur and Kebeli is “the door” of the Sahara Desert locations.

Chott el Djerid is a endorheic salt lake very well known for its moonscape looks. With a surface area of over 7000 km2

The Dahar region were you can find the Troglodyte homes, traditional olive oil press, traditional Amazigh “Berber” villages like the villages of Tamazret, Toujen, Cheneni, Matmata, as seen in the first Star Wars film, is a location of note in this region.

Transport and accommodations

No need for a 4X4

Hotels gite and auberges and troglodyte rooms are available in the Dahar region like Toujane, we recomande Diar Toujane.

Diar Barbar is a good hotel with several accommodations situated in Matmata.

The Tunisian Jewish community in the island of Djerba in Tunisia is a very conservative community. The Jewish community in Tunisia are around 1500 persons, must of them, around 1200 are living in Djerba. 

To film in Tunisia you need a film permit. It allowed you to film in all the cities specified in this permit. 

Film crew Jewish Tunisia
Foreign film crew filming in the Ghriba synagogue in Djerba about the Jewish community Tunisia.

Security and police

Otherwise a permanent police checkpoint is based in the 2 mains entrance of the Jewish area in Djerba and you will be controlled every time you enter the area. So you need to put this in your schedule.

The must important Jewish area in Djerba is the Hara Kebira “Greater Neighborhood”, with the Jewish school, kosher restaurants, kosher public oven. The jewelry shops in Houmt Souk, the capitol of Djerba Island. The Ghriba synagogue, the first synagogue built out of Jerusalem. 

The religious events

The must important Jewish event in Tunisia and specially in Djerba is the Ghriba annuel pilgrimage it happens around May. 

It’s a very important message of peace, where Tunisian Muslims and Jewish coming from all around the world for this event celebrate the Ghriba visit. 

Filming Shabbat in Harra Kbira in Djerba is very unique. It’s a kind of « curfew », you will see some person walking around the city. The preparation of Shabbat is also a great moment where you see all the families preparing the food and bread and bringing it to the bakeries. 

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