Israeli film takes top prize at Sundance

Sand Storm, a movie by Israeli director Elite Zexer (pictured), won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Saturday night. The movie, which is Zexer’s feature-film debut, tells the story of a Beduin woman (Ruba Blal-Asfour) forced to welcome her husband’s second wife, and how she copes with her own rebellious, educated daughter (Lamis Ammar). Haitham Omari, a former cameraman who became a star when he made his acting debut as the militia leader in Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem, plays the father.

Zexer said, when accepting her prize, “Oh my god, I‘m so nervous I’m shaking. I feel it’s been such a week of talking and talking and now that I have to say something, I’m speechless. I’m so happy it premiered here. I’m sorry my crew had to go home and not experience this with me.


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