By Elite ZEXER

BETA CINEMA - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2016

When their entire lives are shattered, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.

& Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2016
World Dramatic World Cinema Grand Jury Prize
Toronto - TIFF 2016
Stockholm IFF 2016
Competition Best First Film
Berlinale - EFM 2016
    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • ISRAEL
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Duration
    • 87 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Elite ZEXER
    • Writer(s)
    • Elite ZEXER
    • Producer(s)
    • Haim MECKLBERG (2-Team Productions)
    • Synopsis
    • As wedding festivities get underway in a Bedouin village in Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband Suliman’s marriage to a second, much younger wife. During the celebration, Jalila stumbles across eldest daughter Layla’s involvement with a boy from her university—a strictly forbidden liaison that would shame the family. Burying the indignity of Suliman and his new bride living next door, Jalila also tries to contain Layla’s situation by clamping down on her. But younger and possessed of a boundless spirit, Layla sees a different life for herself.

      A story of tradition, modernity, and divided family, Sand Storm upends expectations. At its core, Elite Zexer’s mesmerizing debut feature portrays the emotionally layered relationship between mother and daughter, both bound by custom while struggling to adapt to a changing world. Zexer’s artful storytelling derives its authenticity—its complexity of character, rich detail, and subtle humor—from the 10 years she’s spent interacting with Bedouin women. Her fidelity to their experience allows her to beautifully convey the spirit of profound ambivalence Jalila and Layla share.