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Dreams of Dust (2006)

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Director:Laurent Salgues Producer:Sahelis Productions Written by:Laurent Salgues  

Running time:86 min Country:Burkina Faso Language:French Genre:Drama   

Subtitle:English  Starring:Makena Diop, Rasmane Ouedraogo and Adama Ouédraogo


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 strange timeless wasteland 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.

Special Features:

Directed by Raymond E Spiess Jr.





Kerala International Film Festival 2008

Golden Crow Pheasant
Laurent Salgues 

Sundance Film Festival 2007

Grand Jury Prize
World Cinema - Dramatic
Laurent Salgues 

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 of life."

"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 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 fe (more)

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