At the edge of a city growing from the desert, a man plays alone on a golf course. Another, sleepless, sends a letter from a labour camp to his wife in Kenya. A sand storm hits a construction site, and the locals hold a strange dance ceremony.
Dubai, usually seen either as miracle of development or failed gimmick, here becomes a set for a visual exploration of displacement, longing and desire. In three chapters the city, the surrounding desert and their inhabitants slowly uncover some of the darker aspects of contemporary society, while the ongoing economic meltdown spells the end of an era.
Best Short Documentary, London Short Film Festival 2012
Cottbus Discovery Award, Cottbus Film Festival 2011
Winner, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival 2011
Best City Film – Special Mention, Open City London Film Festival 2011
Branchage Film Festival 2011
London Short Film Festival 2012
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2011