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3.4
48 Ratings

Sand Storm

Sufat Chol

Directed by Elite Zexer
Israel, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

In Southern Israel, a teen’s (Lamis Ammar) forbidden love affair challenges the traditions of her Bedouin mother and father.

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Sand Storm Directed by Elite Zexer

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2016 | Winner: World Cinema - Dramatic (Grand Jury Prize)

Locarno International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: First Look Rotor Film Award

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2016 | Nominee: Best Overlooked Film

It’s a fairly familiar critique of patriarchy from a humanist and feminist perspective, but one put across with some very impressive filmmaking skills by a first-time director. What “Sand Storm” shows and dramatizes comes across as persuasive and finely wrought. But it inevitably leaves questions about what’s not shown or examined, which keep it from being fully satisfying.
September 28, 2016
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As a director, Ms. Zexer has a fine eye for the texture of daily life, which she fills in with resonant physical details and sweeping, scene-setting views… If anything, Ms. Zexer is at her best when she daubs in color and minutiae, as in an almost interstitial scene in which Jalila bakes bread on top of an oven, an action that says something about both this specific woman and the world she inhabits.
September 27, 2016
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Zexer weaves an impressively terse narrative of distinctly motivated characters, but the film’s core remains somewhat shapeless due to the routine dramatization, replete with standard-issue handheld camerawork and a nondescript visual palette.
September 20, 2016
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