»Sand Storm« presents the story of Layla, a young girl struggling to balance her dreams and ambitions with the expectations placed on her by her traditional family. Living in a Bedouin village in the Negev Desert, Layla begins a clandestine love affair with a boy from her university – a relationship that would be met with hostility by her family. Inevitably, Jalila, Layla’s mother finds out about the romance and tries to put a stop to it. The situation becomes increasingly fraught when Layla’s father, Suliman, marries his second wife and Layla and her mother are forced to silently accept the patriarchal customs they disagree with.

Zexer deftly employs handheld cinematography and intimate close-ups to capture the emotional turmoil of women trapped in a world of impossible hypocrisy. A straightforward and elegant depiction of the inequalities existing in Layla’s society, <> was presented at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it was awarded the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize.

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Title
Sand Storm
Director
Elite ZEXER
Country
Israel
Length
87 min
Festival
2016
Section
Competition
Language
Arabic
Subtitle
English subtitles
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2016
Original title
Sufat Chol
Cast
Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Haitham Omari
Producer
Haim Mecklberg
Script
Elite ZEXER

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