Sand Storm

Dir.: Elite Zexer | Israel 2016 | 88 min

'Sand Storm' is unusual because it is a Jewish-Arab collaboration, filmed in deserted Bedouin villages in the Israeli desert. But even more so because it so sympathetically and clearly describes how inequality and patriarchal traditions put modern women in an impossible situation in these villages. Jalila has the dubious pleasure of having to arrange the wedding of her husband's second wife. A much younger and more lazy model, who is lionised with tapestries and a new double bed, while Jalila must wait on her. Furthermore, she discovers that her daughter Layla has a boyfriend at university, and she tries to both punish her and protect her from her father. For even if he adores his daughter, and has given her modern conveniences like a mobile phone, a driving license and an education, he still refuses to let her become fully independent. Elite Zexer, who has spent several years together with Bedouin women, gives us a razor-sharp description of an anachronistic world where modern times are starting to catch up. With the inevitable consequences that families fall apart, while they try to keep a hold on the life they know. But the director does this without sentimentality and with a fictional verve that elevates 'Sand Storm' to a cinematic work. It is a good story, with humour, drama and fantastic images from the Ali-Baba-like Bedouin villages, which are actually just outside Europe's borders.

Original Title
Sufat Chol
Title
Sand Storm
Country
Israel
Release Year
2016
Duration
88 min.
Directors
Elite Zexer
Producer
Haim Mecklberg, Estee Yacov-Mecklberg
Script
Cast
Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Haitham Omari, Khadija Alakel, Jalal Masarwa
Camera
Shai Peleg
Sound
Gil Toren
Editor
Ronit Porat
Music
Ran Bagno
Production Company
2team Productions
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
3
Thrills
3
Sighs
8
Laughs
2
Look
8
Food for thought
8