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Sand Storm(Sufat Chol)

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Israel, Germany, France · 2016
1h 27m
Director Elite Zexer
Starring Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal, Hitham Omari, Shaden Kanboura
Genre Drama

When Jalila's husband marries a second woman, Jalila and her daughter's worlds are shattered and the women are torn between their commitment to the patriarchal rules and being true to themselves. A tender and vulnerable film about a mother and daughter who have only each other in a brutally unjust society.

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Slant Magazine by Clayton Dillard

Elite Zexer weaves an impressively terse narrative of distinctly motivated characters, but the film’s core remains somewhat shapeless due to the routine dramatization.


Variety by Ella Taylor

The director juggles different points of view with aplomb, and her strong script addresses with impressive subtlety the gap between what people say and what they do under extreme pressure.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Rather than proposing solutions or envisioning a tight happy ending, Sand Storm lingers in the crevices of a fascinating cultural challenge.

63 by Godfrey Cheshire

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.


The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

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.


The Playlist by Nick Schager

Though its verité aesthetics are often more serviceable than inspired, and its vague who-what-where-when-why set-up neuters some of its lingering impact, the film’s depiction of entrenched prejudice remains astutely realized.

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