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Mocktar, a Nigerien peasant, comes looking for work in Essakane, a dusty gold mine in Northeast Burkina Faso, Africa, where he hopes to forget the past that haunts him. In Essakane, he quickly finds out, the gold rush ended twenty years before, and the inhabitants of this wasteland and strange timelessness manage to exist simply from force of habit. The beautiful Coumba, however, is still courageously struggling to raise her daughter after the death of her family. Mocktar will soon be fighting not only to survive, but also to provide a better future for this mother and her child.
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Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Format: DVD (NTSC)
Encoding: Region 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1, Letterboxed
Screen Format: 16x9 Widescreen (Anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Closed Captioned: Yes
August 30, 2006
By Deborah Young
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"...is well written and directed by French helmer Laurent Salgues on his first feature outing...
Salgues' screenplay is perfectly crafted in the Western tradition, while Crystel Fournier's striking cinematography connects the film to a broad African vision...
Diop brings towering dignity to his Nigerien immigrant. A man of few words, he ably plays off the experienced wit of Rasmane Ouedraogo as his veteran teammate. Tall-Salgues makes a strong-backed heroine of mythic beauty.
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 - Review
By Amber Wilkinson
The cinematography is stunning and director Laurent Salgues camera drinks up the landscape, capturing its desolation which is mirrored in Mocktar's soul.
Diop and Tall-Salgues put in beautifully understated peformances, if this were Hollywood, they'd be chatting insessantly, here, in the hard-labour of the wind-swept landscape, a glance speaks a thousand words.
--Amber Wilkinson/ Eye For Film - Review
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