David Greenbaum is discharged from the army after serving for 27 years, and tries to find himself in his new civilian life. His family seems at first to be in decent shape, but things unravel in dramatic ways as the Greenbaum family faces life-changing decisions. The film has been compared to an Israeli American Beauty, and explores the disturbed feelings of many Israelis who try to rationalize their sense of personal identity against the dysfunction of the state.
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As wedding festivities get underway in a Bedouin village in 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 upon her daughter Layla’s involvement with a boy from her university—a forbidden liaison that would shame the family, which Jalila tries to clamp down on and is met with resistance from Layla. Sand Storm is a story of tradition, modernity, and divided family that upends expectations. Elite Zexer’s directorial debut portrays the emotionally layered relationship between mother and daughter, both bound by custom while struggling to adapt to a changing world. Zexer’s artful storytelling derives its authenticity, complexity, rich detail, and subtle humor from the 10 years she spent interacting with Bedouin women.