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Sounds of Sand (2006)
"Si le vent soulève les sables" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  21 March 2007 (Belgium)
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On the one hand, there's the desert eating away at the land. The endless dry season, the lack of water. On the other there's the threat of war. The village well has run dry. The livestock ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isaka Sawadogo ...
Rahne
Asma Nouman Aden ...
Shasha
Carole Karemera ...
Mouna
Saïd Abdallah Mohamed ...
Ako
Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed ...
Ravil
Moussa Assan ...
Janja
Emile Abossolo M'bo ...
Lassong
Saïd Omar Aden ...
Assombo
Assia Aden Mohamed ...
Salimah
Amina Aden Mohamed ...
Bébé de Salimah
Marco Prince ...
Officier Armée Bleue
Osman Elabeh Egueh ...
Dukka
Roger Gleyse ...
Militaire Armée Bleue
Kadir Ismael Elmi ...
Chauffeur Jeep
Omar Mohamoud Hassan ...
Soldat Lassong 1
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On the one hand, there's the desert eating away at the land. The endless dry season, the lack of water. On the other there's the threat of war. The village well has run dry. The livestock is dying. Trusting their instinct, most of the villagers leave and head south. Rahne, the only literate one, decides to head east with his three children and Mouna, his wife. A few sheep, some goats and Chamelle, a dromedary, are their only riches. A tale of exodus, quest, hope and fatality. Rahne and his family travel across hostile lands under a lethal sun, walking endlessly onwards and frequently crossing paths with death. But "Sounds of sand" is also a parable about determination and eternity that takes us in the footsteps of Shasha, a nomad child full of the joys of life, whose tenacity and strength will conquer her father's love. Written by Marion Hänsel

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Si le vent soulève les sables  »

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Savage and heartbreaking
31 March 2010 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

This heartbreaking film brings home the series of tragedies that can easily strike thousands if not millions of simple families during a time of drought and strife in East Africa. After viewing this film, I have a totally altered perspective when I hear news of any kind of conflict or movement of people in that region. This is a European production and the family whose tragedies we endure speak French. The acting was good and my English subtitles were coherent and legible, as a non-French speaker the language being spoken was irrelevant to me. I realize this might be a different case for others. The isolation and simplicity of this family's world and life was exceptionally well presented by writer/director Marion Hansel. Life and death choices made in complete ignorance, the randomness of the other people they came in contact with, and the randomness of the life altering results. It will leave you shaken by the cruelty that we as people are capable of. It is visually appealing as well, the stark desert landscapes are utilized well. When I saw this film at the Seattle International Film Festival a few years back, it was easily my favorite out of over 100 films that I had viewed at that year's festival.


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