Sand Storm (2016 film)

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Sand Storm
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Film poster
Directed byElite Zexer
Written byElite Zexer
StarringLamis Ammar
Release date
  • 25 January 2016 (2016-01-25) (Sundance)
  • 15 September 2016 (2016-09-15) (Israel)
Running time
97 minutes
Box office$86,800[1][2]

Sand Storm (Hebrew: סופת חול Sufat Chol) is a 2016 Israeli drama film directed by Elite Zexer. It was shown in the Panorama section at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.[3] At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival it won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic section.[4] It won the Best Film Award at the Ophir Awards.[5][6] It was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[7][8]

The film is set in Southern Israel and is Elite Zexer's directorial debut.[9][10][11]


  • Lamis Ammar as Layla
  • Ruba Blal as Jalila
  • Hitham Omari as Suliman
  • Khadija Al Akel as Tasnim
  • Jalal Masrwa as Anwar

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  1. ^ "Sand Storm". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 30 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Sufat Chol (Sand Storm)". The Numbers. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Berlinale 2016: Panorama Celebrates Teddy Award's 30th Anniversary and Announces First Titles in Programme". Berlinale. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Sundance: The Birth of a Nation Sweeps Top Prizes". Variety. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  5. ^ "ההכרזה על העולים לגמר - פרסי אופיר 2016". Israel Film Academy. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  6. ^ Brown, Hannah (20 August 2016). "2016 Ophir nominations announced – snubs and all". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  7. ^ "'Sand Storm' Wins Ophir Award, Becomes Israeli Oscar Entry'". The Wrap. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  8. ^ Caspi, David (22 September 2016). "Oscars: Israel Selects 'Sand Storm' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Arabic-language film is Israel's official Oscar entry". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Review: 'Sand Storm' Follows a Bedouin Mother and Daughter in Quiet Revolts". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Israeli family drama 'Sand Storm' is an experience as intense as any thriller". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 18 June 2019.

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