A Nigerian peasant comes looking for work in Essakane, a
dusty gold mine in Northeast Burkina Faso, where he
hopes to forget the past that haunts him.
The film was the first full-length feature by Salges.
The project quickly secured Avance sur Recettes and GAN
Foundation funding, and gained further French and
European funding since the director had obtained Burkina
Faso citizenship through marriage. The film was a
France-Canada co-production between Athénaïse Sophie
Salbot and Corporation ACPAV inc. Marc Daigle. The
associate producer was Sékou Traoré of the Burkina Faso
company Sahelis Productions.
A reviewer says the "opening shot reminds you of a
choreographed musicalonly there is no music, only
silence and the sounds of workers tools". Another
critic says "Cinematographed by Crystel Fournier, images
are hauntingly dreamlike. Wind-swept dust is a recurrent
motif". The film was nominated for the grand Jury Prize
at the Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema -
Dramatic category. It won prizes at Tarifa 2007, Amiens
2006 and Namur 2006.
"A beautiful tale...this film truly respects the rhythm
"Perfectly crafted! Striking cinematography!"
Deborah Young, Variety
"There is a haunting quality to Mocktar''s story that
rewards close attention."
Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
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
Salgues'' screenplay is perfectly crafted in the Western
tradition, while Crystel Fournier''s striking
cinematography connects the film to a broad African
Diop brings towering dignity to his Nigerien immigrant.
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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