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Sand Storm (2016)

Sufat Chol (original title)
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When their entire lives shatter, two Bedouin women struggle to change the unchangeable rules, each in her own individual way.


Elite Zexer


Elite Zexer (screenplay)
15 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Lamis Ammar ... Layla
Ruba Blal ... Jalila (as Ruba Blal-Asfour)
Hitham Omari ... Suliman (as Haitham Omari)
Khadija Al Akel Khadija Al Akel ... Tasnim (as Khadija Alakel)
Jalal Masarwa Jalal Masarwa ... Anwar
Elham Araf Elham Araf ... (as Elham Arraf)
Shaden Kanboura ... Alakel
May Azliah May Azliah
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Omar El Nasasreh Omar El Nasasreh ... Munir


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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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 tour de force of filmmaking, writing, acting.
5 September 2018 | by adityakripalaniSee all my reviews

Ever so subtly like a friend pulling your arm gently, this film pulls your into the world of women and how suffocating it is for them. Across nearly four generations. With the fourth one standing at the window of womanhood but not there yet. It will tell you how their voices are muted, how their choices are compromised, how emotions, feelings, their conscience, society, reputation are all used against them. The mother is the best actor I've seen in a Long time on screen. The amount of pain, frustration, anguish she conveys with so much subtlety is mind numbing. The Daughter was stellar too. Sumbolism and metaphor used time and again in the form of tunnels, windows, make up, weddings as a societal device. Gorgeous film. One of the best I've seen offlate. Kudos to the filmmaker, the crew and the actors. Phenomenal.

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Official Sites:

2-Team Productions [Israel]


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Release Date:

15 September 2016 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Sand Storm See more »

Filming Locations:

Negev Desert, Israel See more »


Box Office


ILS3,850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,849, 2 October 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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