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Wanderers of the Desert
Wanderers of the Desert

Feature Film

Nacer Khemir


95 minutes

Written by:
Nacer Khemir

Edited by:
Moufida Tlatli

Arabic w/ English subtitles
    Winner! Special Jury Prize
- Carthage Film Festival

Winner! International Critics Prize
- Valencia Film Festival

"A meditation on the lost grandeur of Arab civilization" - Seattle Arab and Iranian Film Festival

With Wanderers of the Desert, Tunisian writer and poet Nacer Khemir creates a visually hypnotic cinematic masterpiece, the first in his highly-regarded Desert Trilogy.

When a young teacher arrives for a position at an isolated village school in the heart of the shimmering desert, mysterious events begin to unfold: Legendary figures materialize out of the village well and from the desert itself; groups of children hurry through a labyrinth of underground corridors; villagers gather around a ship that has mysteriously washed up in the desert sand; the young men of the village disappear one by one and never return.

With a richly expressive visual style and superb use of color, director Nacer Khemir shows how legend, tradition, and fate hang heavily over this community, and how nothing is ever quite what it seems.

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

Rental Information
This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact [email protected] for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or [email protected] for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

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