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Sand Storm (2016)

Sufat Chol (original title)
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When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.


Elite Zexer


Elite Zexer (screenplay)
15 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Lamis Ammar ... Layla
Ruba Blal ... Jalila (as Ruba Blal-Asfour)
Hitham Omari ... Suliman (as Haitham Omari)
Khadija Al Akel Khadija Al Akel ... Tasnim (as Khadija Alakel)
Jalal Masrwa Jalal Masrwa ... Anwar (as Jalal Masarwa)
Elham Araf Elham Araf ... (as Elham Arraf)
Shaden Kanboura ... Alakel
May Azliah May Azliah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Omar El Nasasreh Omar El Nasasreh ... Munir
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Desert noon in a Bedouin village in Southern Israel. Jalila is hosting an awkward celebration - the marriage of her husband to a second, much younger wife - while trying to conceal the insult that boils inside her. Her daughter Layla is preoccupied with a different matter. Her secret, strictly forbidden, love affair with Anuar was just unveiled by her mother. Jalila believes that the world is harsh and cruel, and the only way to win - is to keep your mouth shut, your head as high as possible without raising too much attention, and struggle from inside the limits of the traditional world surrounding you. Layla believes that there are no limits to the world surrounding her. Everything can be hers if she only wished hard enough. But, as the story unfolds, they each fail in her individual battle. Their whole family falls apart and everything they believe in shatters. Now, the two women are forced to understand that, if they wish to survive, they will have to start seeing the world from ... Written by Elite Zexer

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Sacrificing your freedom for the benefit of the family.




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First full-length feature for the director Elite Zexer. See more »


Sud el Ayoon
Traditional song, with Music Arrangement by Mark Smulian
Vocal Arrangement by Root Verano
Performed by Root Verano
Courtesy of Ras Sinai Project
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Captures well delicate complexity of the situation.
18 September 2019 | by ahdini140451See all my reviews

Perhaps I have to reevaluate my ingrained trust with 7 stars rating as a metric of quality, with this at 6.8 I didn't expect so high. I anticipated it to be a stereotypical, politically charged Arab's crude conservatism imagery that detach, delineate you to side clearly off the black and white character (as in social value metric not typical good and bad). Unexpectedly, it unpacks humanely with a blend of conflicting contradiction in the character far from being one dimensional, inhibited by consequence we have no clear insight about but hinted. Someone or thing is either way at stake. The father fosters a certain privilege to his daughter but hypocrite through indirect treatment to his first wife, yet you still pity him for whatever it is that inhibit him. Her mom, uptight and resentful turns out protecting her for an option her daughter deserves, more so than the more liberal father.

Halfway through I found it well put and anticipated a disappointing turn that justifies the below 7 rating. There was none. The ending is not as justly suited to what her strong personality suggested to be, by (spoiler) having her bent to tradition eventually (but well, this is real life). She remained guarded unmannerly at the end. The new husband's hint of submissive reaction draws him less of a typical antagonist. Made you think that fairness aside, it has yet been proven to be dramatically a whole lot of wrong turn, just like real life: some options might be not entirely bad but not wanting it in the first place compromised some degree of unsatisfactory or happiness.

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Release Date:

15 September 2016 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Sand Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

Negev Desert, Israel See more »


Box Office


ILS3,850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,849, 2 October 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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