the Coachella Valley
Premiere and one-time screening of
December 17, 2005
Theatres - Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.
& Muffins Available
Introduction at 9:20 a.m.
Begins at 9:30 a.m.
& A Session Following the Screening
Members present Membership Card
& Non-Members pay $15.00 per person at the door
|About the film:
A love story from the desert
Liz, a successful author
arrives at a beach in the magical Sinai Desert to retrieve her runaway
daughter Rachel. Liz decides to stay at the beach despite her daughter’s
objections and meets with a Bedouin storyteller who intrigues both of them
with a true, unusual love story of Leila, a free spirited and beautiful
Western tourist, and Najim, the son of a Bedouin Sheik. This extraordinary
love story is revealed in erotic flashbacks set awash in a sea of bright
colors and beautiful panoramas. The story which took place many years
before on the same exotic beach, follows the tragic decision by Najim to
bring Leila into his Muslim tribe where Leila is exposed to a traumatic
tradition that shatters their love story. Director Doron Eran piles
on a full plate of burning social issues, adding Jewish-Arab relations
and female genital mutilation to the pile. Based on a novel by Dr.
D. Zilberman, “GOD’S SANDBOX is a provocative film that gathers
strength as it goes along. The film protests the barbarism of female
circumcision, a deeply rooted tradition that persists in parts of Africa
and the Mideast” -- Kevin Thomas, LA Times July 29, 2005
2005 – Best Film, Best Director,
Best Screenplay – Manchester Film Festival, USA
2005 – Best Director – Vermont
2005 – Special Jury Award
– Worldfest, Houston
Film Festivals: Karlovy.
Jerusalem, Kolkata (India), Dubrovnik, Las Vegas, San Diego, Atlanta and
Running time: 86
Arabic and English
MPAA rating: Unrated
Some sex, nudity, adult
themes, strong implied violence.