Samir in the Dust

  • 8.3 10
  • 2015
  • 60min
Samir in the Dust
  • Original Title: Samir dans la poussière (2015)

The film depicts the aspirations and anxieties of a young Algerian smuggler transporting fuel by mule, from his village to the Moroccan border.

Samir in the Dust

AWARDS: Prix SCAM de l'Oeuvre Audiovisuelle, Moyen-métrage le plus innovant. Visions du Réel/ L’Oasis d'Argent (2ème prix long-métrage). Festival International du Film Arabe de Gabès/ Mention spéciale dans la compétition Documentaire. CINEMED/  Grand Prix du Festival. Festival du film documentaire arabo africain de Zagora/ Mention spéciale Long-métrage. Saint Louis Festival du film documentaire/ Prix « Regard sur l'autre ». Festival dei popoli/ Cistude d'Or. Rencontres Cinéma-nature

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Dubaï International Film Festival/ Visions du Réel/ FIDADOC/ Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival/ Golden Apricot/ Arménie Rencontres du film documentaire de Redeyef, Tunisie Rencontres cinématographiques de Bejaia/ LatinArab/ Festival International du Film Arabe de Gabès/ Nouvelle Calédonie Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux/ CINEMED/  Festival des cinémas d'Afrique/ Festival du film de famille/ Traces de vies/ France Le Maghreb des films/ Festival dei popoli/ Saint Louis Festival du film documentaire/ Enracinements/Déracinements/ Rencontres Internationales de Cinémas Arabes/ France Les hivernales du documentaire/ Black Movie/ Maghreb si loin si proche/ Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival/ Journées cinématographiques de Beyrouth/ Programmation durant 15 jours au Beursschouwburg/ ALFLIM/ Cinémas du Sud/ Rencontres Cinéma-nature/ Premiers gestes/ Cairo Cinema Days/ Étonnants voyageurs


Samir in the dust, A young Algerian man beyond an arid landscape

Director Mohamed Ouzine returns to his native Algeria to film his nephew Samir, a young man who makes a living out of smuggling fuel along the Moroccan border. While both men are family, they do not share the same interests and views on the landscape that surrounds them.

The arid climate, the brown ground and ocher colored mountains are for Samir a kind of limiting horizon, while for Ouzine, who emigrated to France many years ago, it is still a beautiful image about a territory that still does not understand or belong.

In their own intimacy emerges a dialogue about the human condition, framed by the sparse splendor of the Algerian landscape.

Mohamed Ouzine
Mohamed Ouzine Director

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