Winds of Sand, Women of Rock

Synopsis: This may be the last journey of Domagali, Amina and Hanne and their Toubou women's caravan in the Sahara. Each fall, armed with daggers, they leave the men behind and cross the desert to sell dates in Agadez to bring back the means to survive in the village for another year. This economic responsibility gives them a special position in their society. Yet, the increasing market pressure endangers their 'business'. How will their social status change?
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Nathalie Borgers
Production: Eurozoom
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Year:
2009
93 min
5 Views


These are dunes.

Another dune here.

And a dune here.

It won't be easy.

The journey will be long

and full of obstacles.

The road to Bilma is hard,

drought is everywhere,

but we are eager to go.

Issai, don't let it go away!

DAY 1, MIDDAY BREAK

The wind is burning my face.

Tighten the rope.

Where have our goats gone?

The water's boiling.

Where's that girl?

Gone to get the millet?

Is it boiling?

- Yes, I'm waiting for her.

She won't be long.

How do you say 'bag' in French?

- How, Mariama?

Le sac.

- Le sac.

How do you say 'water'?

- Water? 'De l'eau.'

The containers?

- 'Les tasses.'

How do you say 'sugar'?

- 'Le sucre.'

Les chaussures.

- Les chaussures.

And this?

Un bb.

- Bb.

And this? Le parfum.

- Le parfum.

What's this?

Le bijou.

- Le bijou.

And this here?

Les tresses.

- Les tresses.

OK, that's it.

Put it on top, mum.

Here, take your knife.

Look at my feet!

I already have blisters

and they've burst.

My blisters have burst too.

The skin is cracked.

After I sell my dates, I'll buy

some perfume products in town,

and I will try to start a business.

If I find a cheap house,

I'll buy it.

You'll leave the Sahara?

- Life's too hard here.

I am sick of doing this trip every year

to collect dates in Bilma.

And then the whole trip back.

In the Sahara we never rest.

When men are not there we even have

to find the lost camels

and draw water from the well.

The hardship makes you ugly,

you get chapped skin

and your body dries out.

You lose your charm.

- We don't have kids to raise,

we could try to start a business.

Alone you can get by.

With the money from the dates

I want to buy clothes and food

but above all, go back to school.

You need savings, to study.

Yes, I will try to study

and work at the same time.

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