Sundance Review: 'Sand Storm' is a Revealing Look at Bedouin Life

Sundance Review: 'Sand Storm' is a Revealing Look at Bedouin Life
Read More: The 2016 Indiewire Sundance Bible: All the Reviews, Interviews and News Posted During The Festival "Do you ever do anything because you want to?" That question, asked by the college-aged Bedouin woman Layla (Lamis Ammar) in Israeli director's Elite Zexer's quietly observant debut, speaks to the movie's underlying drama. The stripped-down drama, set almost entirely within the constraints of the traditionalist village where Layla grew up, pits her individualism against the rituals that keep her there. A resolutely small work focused on Layla's attempts to avoid a pre-arranged marriage, "Sand Storm" offers a unique window into an arena of limited possibilities. At the core of the movie is a unique conflict. Layla's father, Suliman (Hitham Omari), drifts in and out of her home, exchanging pleasantries and maintaining a relationship with Layla's mother, Jalila (Ruba Blal), even as he prepares to wed his second wife. At that celebration, Jalila discovers.
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