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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 overview, first billed only:
Isaka Sawadogo ...
Asma Nouman Aden ...
Carole Karemera ...
Saïd Abdallah Mohamed ...
Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed ...
Moussa Assan ...
Emile Abossolo M'bo ...
Saïd Omar Aden ...
Assia Aden Mohamed ...
Amina Aden Mohamed ...
Bébé de Salimah
Marco Prince ...
Officier Armée Bleue
Osman Elabeh Egueh ...
Roger Gleyse ...
Militaire Armée Bleue
Kadir Ismael Elmi ...
Chauffeur Jeep
Omar Mohamoud Hassan ...
Soldat Lassong 1


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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21 March 2007 (Belgium)  »

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Si le vent soulève les sables  »

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€2,700,000 (estimated)

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8 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Palm Springs Film Festival and was fortunate to also participate in the Q&A session after the film with the director. This was a very good film about the struggles within the small villages in Africa that are lacking access to water. The film deliberately does not state a particular region of Africa because the story can be applied to almost anywhere across the continent. The film was really well casted and the cinematography was well depicted. I especially enjoyed the musical soundtrack. Bring a bottle of water with you to see this film because it will make you thirsty! We forget how difficult life is for others in regions of the world we are not very familiar with and I love these types of movies that remind us to remember others and their struggles. It is heartbreaking to think hundreds of thousands of people are struggling as those in this movie. The story focuses on one family in a village that decides to travel across a desert in search of water wells. There are no roads and no one can be trusted so their decision is life threatening but must be done because of the lack of water in their own village. The family crosses the desert and suffers tragedies along the way that bring you emotionally into the movie. There was one scene we had to laugh about, in the desert when the father and daughter were resting and leaning on the camel with a little make shift shade cover; they were on the wrong side of the camel because the other side had a LOT more shade then the sunny side they were on. Strongly recommend everyone to support films like this one, it's so important for us to help our neighbors and not just the ones with resources we want.

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