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Sounds of Sand (2006)

Si le vent soulève les sables (original title)
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 »

Director:

Marion Hänsel

Writers:

Marc Durin-Valois (novel), Marion Hänsel (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Issaka Sawadogo ... Rahne (as Isaka Sawadogo)
Asma Nouman Aden Asma Nouman Aden ... Shasha
Carole Karemera Carole Karemera ... Mouna
Saïd Abdallah Mohamed Saïd Abdallah Mohamed ... Ako
Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim Mohamed ... Ravil
Moussa Assan Moussa Assan ... Janja
Emile Abossolo M'bo ... Lassong
Saïd Omar Aden Saïd Omar Aden ... Assombo
Assia Aden Mohamed Assia Aden Mohamed ... Salimah
Amina Aden Mohamed Amina Aden Mohamed ... Bébé de Salimah
Marco Prince Marco Prince ... Officier Armée Bleue
Osman Elabeh Egueh Osman Elabeh Egueh ... Dukka
Roger Gleyse Roger Gleyse ... Militaire Armée Bleue
Kadir Ismael Elmi Kadir Ismael Elmi ... Chauffeur Jeep
Omar Mohamoud Hassan Omar Mohamoud Hassan ... Soldat Lassong 1
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Belgium | France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 March 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A homok hangjai See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR2,700,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$165,771
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Halkaas Saha Raha (Halkaas Saxahara)
written by Maan Youssouf & René-Marc Bini
Sung by Cathy Renoir
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"Artistic" pulp
5 February 2007 | by emtec666See all my reviews

I saw this at the 36th International Film Festival of Rotterdam.

It's a romanticized film made by a middle aged western woman aimed at...middle aged western women. It's filled with clichés about the way (rich) people from the West view Africa. The actors speak French: yeah like well clothed, French speaking Africans have to cross a desert to find water. Add in war, child soldiers etc. and an "artistic" soundtrack and the target audience will love it. Naturally in the end the main characters get saved by white people from the West. The actors acted unnatural but did a good job sticking to the silly script. Rated this a 2 because the animals acted well. For the rest it's "artistic" pulp.


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