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Sufat Chol (2016)

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When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.



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Khadija Al Akel ...
Jalal Masrwa ...
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Omar El Nasasreh ...


Desert noon in a Bedouin village in Southern Israel. Jalila is hosting an awkward celebration - the marriage of her husband to a second, much younger wife - while trying to conceal the insult that boils inside her. Her daughter Layla is preoccupied with a different matter. Her secret, strictly forbidden, love affair with Anuar was just unveiled by her mother. Jalila believes that the world is harsh and cruel, and the only way to win - is to keep your mouth shut, your head as high as possible without raising too much attention, and struggle from inside the limits of the traditional world surrounding you. Layla believes that there are no limits to the world surrounding her. Everything can be hers if she only wished hard enough. But, as the story unfolds, they each fail in her individual battle. Their whole family falls apart and everything they believe in shatters. Now, the two women are forced to understand that, if they wish to survive, they will have to start seeing the world from ... Written by Elite Zexer

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Sacrificing your freedom for the benefit of the family.




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Release Date:

15 September 2016 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Sand Storm  »

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Box Office


ILS 3,850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,849, 2 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,078, 6 November 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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First full-length feature for the director Elite Zexer. See more »


Sud el Ayoon
Traditional song, with Music Arrangement by Mark Smulian
Vocal Arrangement by Root Verano
Performed by Root Verano
Courtesy of Ras Sinai Project
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A sad film, that urges you to look beyond the film, and in to the future.
28 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

This film depicts a Bedouin family on the brink of changing traditions.

When the father of the family takes a second wife, and the daughter finds herself in love with a boy from college. Each character must make decisions that will change the outcome of the family. Although a main theme is about woman living in world of strict traditions I think it is mainly about a family trying to make the right decisions for each other.

Throughout the film the director will turn you against the adults, and then give you a window of insight that will allow you to sympathize with them. I was constantly urging the characters to do something, on the end of the seat, and although the film left me a little sad you must look beyond the film, to what it is trying to hint the future may hold, not just for the protagonists, but all woman around the world.

I will certainly be thinking about Layla, her sister and what life has in hold for them, for a while.

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