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Si le vent soulève les sables (2006)

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 »


Marion Hänsel


Marc Durin-Valois (novel), Marion Hänsel (screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Issaka Sawadogo 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 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


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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Belgium | France



Release Date:

21 March 2007 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A homok hangjai See more »


Box Office


€2,700,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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27 September 2014 | by thompson62208See all my reviews

I guess some did not think much of this movie. I disagree. I thought this movie was very well done. The family and their livestock are forced to move to where water is available since their well is running dry in the desert. The trials and tribulations they go through finding water to live on is quite a story. The family pays a terrible price traveling in this harsh desert land. They run into ruthless characters and have to pay a horrendous price making their way through the desert. I felt the story was told well and the actors did a great job portraying the characters, especially the father and daughter. I thought the daughter's performance was eye opening. The photography was outstanding. I recommend this movie to all peoples. The movie is happy, sad and quite emotional. See it.

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