First Trailer for Israeli Indie Film 'Sand Storm' Directed by Elite Zexer

August 24, 2016
Source: YouTube

Sand Storm Trailer

"Did you ever look at your daughter?" Kino Lorber has debuted the official US trailer for the indie drama Sand Storm, and Israeli film which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It's a drama set in Bedouin village in Southern Israel about a mother and daughter struggling to find their own way and break the rules of the society they live in. The film stars Ruba Blal-Asfour as Jalila, along with Lamis Ammar, Haitham Omari, and Khadija Al Akel. This won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic competition at Sundance this year. Our friend Tomris Laffly said the film knocked her socks off, adding that it's "a slow-burning and suspenseful emotional drama." This trailer hints at an outstanding film.

Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Elite Zexer's Sand Storm, direct from YouTube:

Sand Storm Poster

As Jalila (Ruba Blal), a 42-year-old Bedouin woman, finds herself awkwardly hosting her husband's marriage to a second, much younger woman, she uncovers her young daughter's (Layla, played by Lamis Ammar) affair with a boy from her university — a liaison that's both forbidden and could shame the entire family. Emotions escalate when Suliman (Haitham Omari), Jalila's husband, decides to move in with the new bride and Layla refuses to stop seeing her boyfriend, even after her mother's pleas. Convinced that Suliamn will be supportive of her relationship, Layla pushes for a meeting between the boy and her father ­– eventually learning that she's been promised to another man. Sand Storm is written & directed by Israeli filmmaker Elite Zexer, making her feature debut after a few shorts. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Kino Lorber will release Sand Storm in select theaters starting September 28th.

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  • Bo
    Does this film take place today in our modern world? I thought Israel was supposed to be a civilized country. This looks like behavior from a century ago...arranged taking multiple wives...serious monitoring by parents of their children, especially females as who they can see and who they can date. A mother slapping her daughter who appears to be a wonderful young woman, so it's not just the male father figure who dominates the females, but mothers too. I hate that kind of behavior. Pretty regressive stuff, if you ask me. It just concretizes to me how strange and dysfunctional human beings can be with their ignorant values and repressive and dominating behavior over others, especially men over women. It's still happening today? In Israel? Really?
  • shiboleth
    Very often, some films show that making film is not just some fun but it's a different reality that breaks in and bring you most incredible regression you don't believe it exists. I understand this is statement of some kind, but not harsh enough for what it describes ...
      Sharia Law or whatever these people's excuse is NO excuse.
      • shiboleth
        Exactly David. Something has to change there, I can't expect their dealings as a culture.
    A very hard to watch trailer. As Americans it seems crazy and unfair. As Saudis it is just a part of everyday life (yes, I know it takes place in Israel). I try to keep from making super harsh judgement calls on other's cultures, but it is so hard to stay independent when you see such unfair treatment.
  • kitano0
    I was feeling bad about how I was feeling about what I saw. Now I see my feelings are shared by a lot of folks here. I am not interested in seeing this at all. Just to think, in my younger days, I was interested in studying the religions of the has told me all I need to know.




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