added: Thu, Dec 8th '16
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for best world cinema at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "Sand Storm" is an Arabic-language Israeli drama that explores the cultural traditions of Israel's Bedouin community, a desert region populated by mostly Arabic-speaking villagers.
Centering on the relationship of a young Bedouin woman (played by newcomer Lamis Ammar) and her stern, old-fashioned mother (Ruba Blal-Asfour), as they navigate through a highly male-dominated society, "Sand Storm" is the feature debut of Jewish Israeli writer-director Elite Zexer.
"Sand Storm" recently won 6 Ophir Awards (Israel's version of the Oscars), including Best Film, Best Director (for Zexer), Best Actress (Ammar) and Best Supporting Actress (Blal). The movie has since been selected as Israel's official Oscar submission for the best foreign-language film category.
"Sand Storm" had a small theatrical (award-qualifying) release in New York City back in late September. However, it will be available to a wider audience when Netflix starts streaming the film next week, on Friday, December 15.
As wedding festivities get underway in a Bedouin village in Southern Israel, Jalila finds herself in the awkward position of hosting her husband Suliman's marriage to a second, much younger wife. During the celebration, Jalila stumbles across her eldest daughter Layla's involvement with a boy from her university -- a strictly forbidden liaison that would shame the family. Burying the indignity of Suliman and his new bride living next door, Jalila also tries to contain Layla’s situation by clamping down on her. But Layla sees a different life for herself...
directed by Elite Zexer
starring Lamis Ammar, Ruba Blal-Asfour, Khadija Alakel, Haitham Omari, Jalal Masarwa
release date December 15, 2016 (on Netflix)