Sand Storm


Museum of Fine Arts Sat, Nov 12, 2016 8:45 PM
Somerville Theatre Tue, Nov 15, 2016 7:00 PM
Film Info
Director(s):Elite Zexer
Running Time:87 minutes
Type of Film:Narrative
Premiere Status:Massachusetts Premiere
Topic:Family Relationships
In Person/Special Program:Safa Abu-Rabia (11/12 and 11/15)
Introduced by Lisa Fishbayn Joffe (11/12)
Moderated by Daniel Sokatch, CEO NIF (11/15)


In a Bedouin village in Southern Israel, Layla’s father, Suliman, is about to marry his second – much younger – wife, and her mother, Jalila, is in the awkward position of hosting the festivities. Meanwhile, Layla is thinking about her own romance – she is dating a boy from another tribe, a strictly forbidden liaison that would shame the family. Burying the indignity of Suliman and his new bride living next door, Jalila tries to forbid Layla from seeing her boyfriend. But Layla is determined to create a different life for herself than her mother’s.

Winner of 6 Ophir (Israeli Academy) Awards and Israel's official submission for the Academy Awards

2016 Best Picture and Best Director with 11 Nominations; Sundance Film Festival

2016 Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic section

"As a director, Ms. Zexer has a fine eye for the texture of daily life, which she fills in with resonant physical details and sweeping, scene-setting views." See more of the NYTimes review of Sand Storm

MFA screening (11/12) sponsored by Hadassah Brandeis Institute

Somerville screening (11/15) sponsored by New Israel Fund