Sand Storm

Times:

  • 5:45 pm
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and Israel’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards, Sand Storm is a family drama that unfolds in a Bedouin village in southern Israel.  It is the story of a mother and daughter, more alike than they care to admit, both rebelling against Bedouin traditions.  Jalila, a 42 year-old woman, must host her husband’s marriage to a second and much younger wife.  During the celebration, she discovers her eldest daughter Layla’s involvement with a boy from another tribe, forbidden in the Bedouin tradition.  Each woman rebels, and the family falls apart.  Although the women have differing world views, they begin to realize they must start viewing the world through the other’s eyes in order to survive.  In Arabic, with English subtitles.

Director/Writer: Elite Zexer
Israel (2016) • 87 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Kino Lorber
Screening Sponsor: Fresno Jewish Film Series and Jewish Studies Program – Fresno State

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Reviews

"Sand Storm's great gift is that it is human, not didactic, showing not only how difficult this iron web of culture and tradition is to escape from but also how much it poisons the lives of the men who enforce it as much as the women who are victimized by it. When this kind of a wind blows, it blinds everyone it touches." — Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Time
"Ultimately, this is a tale of a mother and daughter trapped in a cycle of yearning and despair. It’s a lovely, deeply affecting film." — Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine (Vulture)
"Sand Storm's great gift is that it is human, not didactic, showing not only how difficult this iron web of culture and tradition is to escape from but also how much it poisons the lives of the men who enforce it as much as the women who are victimized by it. When this kind of a wind blows, it blinds everyone it touches." — Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Time
"Ultimately, this is a tale of a mother and daughter trapped in a cycle of yearning and despair. It’s a lovely, deeply affecting film." — Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine (Vulture)

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.