REVES DE POUSSIERE
DREAMS OF DUST


DIRECTOR
Laurent Salgues

SCREENPLAY
Laurent Salgues

CAST
Mocktar: Makena Diop
Thiam: Rasmane Ouedraogo
Paté: Souleymane Souré
Coumba: Fatou Tall-Salgues
Tidiane: Joseph B. Tapsoba

Running time: 86’
Production: France / Canada / Burkina Faso, 2006
Rating: Not rated
Gauge: DVD (color)

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
Film Movement




“Depicting an African hell on Earth where ant-like men burrow deep into the desert and risk their lives to mine gold, ‘Dreams of Dust’ relies on hypnotic widescreen photography to bind viewers to its grim drama. In its unexpected horror and absurdity (…), when a gold nugget is found, the whole team becomes rich. When a tunnel collapses, everyone dies. The asphyxiating sand makes rescue impossible. Salgues' screenplay is perfectly crafted in the Western tradition, while Crystel Fournier's striking cinematography connects the film to a broad African vision. Mathieu Vanasse and Jean Massicotte's music track matches the rest of the film in being extremely refined. The French and Canadian post-prod work is top quality.” Deborah Young, Variety

Mocktar, a Nigerian peasant who lost his entire family in a terrible accident, tries to rebuild his life. He goes to Essakane, a dusty gold mine in Northeast Burkina Faso, to look for work and to forget the past that haunts him. He is quickly introduced to the small community of miners and begins working in the dangerous tunnels of the mine. Little by little, Mocktar discovers that the gold rush ended twenty years before, and the inhabitants of this wasteland manage to exist simply from force of habit. In Essakane, the life of the whole population revolves around the irrational expectation of finding gold. Hope makes them surpass the threat of the mines. Among the inhabitants, the beautiful Coumba is still courageously struggling to raise her daughter. She takes care of her alone as her husband died in the mine. As he falls in love with Coumba, he fights not only to survive, but also to provide a better future for her and her child. He puts together enough money to prepare for their departure for France where Coumba's daughter will get a proper education and a chance of becoming someone.

 
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