Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Sand Storm

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Sand Storm

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Sand Storm

(2016)

Written and Directed by Elite Zexer

This is one of those gems you often find at the Sundance Film Festival. The cinematography is excellent. It gives you a feel for the land of the sand. The acting is superb- bold when it needs to be and, more importantly, subtle when subtlety is called for. And, Sand Storm is a surprising story. The storm of the movie is not a storm of sand at all, but a storm of family, a family that lives in the land of sand.

This is the story of a mother, father, and daughter. Sound simple? No, it is complicated by the father taking a second wife and the daughter falling in love with someone from a different tribe. All of this is observed by the daughter's younger sister who represents the future of the family.

At the beginning of the movie we see that the father is more liberal than the mother. He lets his daughter drive the car, until they get to the village, where they then trade places. But when the daughter falls in love with someone outside the tribe, we find that the mother is more sympathetic than the father. This may be in part because the father has taken a second wife. But love seems to be more important than the religious and tribal rules that govern the lives of the family. It is almost a perfect storm.

It is interesting to note that although this is a film about a Muslim family, it is clearly a story that could easily apply to people of many different religions. …

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