Dreams of Dust

  • Rêves de poussière
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title : Buried Dreams)
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2006
Format : Feature
Running time : 86 (in minutes)

A Malian 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.

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 wasteland and strange timelessness 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.

A film by Laurent SALGUES

Burkina Faso / Canada / France, 2006, Feature, 1h26 min, Drama, 35mm - Colour, French w/ Eng subtitles.

starring Makéna Diop, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Fatou Tall, Joseph B. Tapsoba, Souleymane Zouré

"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

Year of production: 2003
Duration: 86 Minutes
Countries: Burkina Faso, Canada, France
Language: French
Tags : African Diaspora, Drama, African Studies, French Language, Community, Race and Racism, Poverty, Not Rated

Also Known As (AKA)
(original title): Rêves de poussière
Argentina (festival title): Sueños de arena
Brazil (festival title): Poeira e Sonhos
Europe (English title): Dreams of Dust
Greece (TV title): Skonismena oneira
Poland: Ulotne marzenia
Russia: Похороненные мечты
Sweden: Dreams of Dust
USA (festival title): Buried Dreams

Directed by Laurent Salgues

Written by Laurent Salgues

Music by Jean Massicotte, Mathieu Vanasse

Cinematography by Crystel Fournier

Film Editing by Annie Jean

Production Design by Bill Mamadou Traoré

Costume Design by Martine Somé

Stéphane Bergeron... sound
Guy Francoeur... foley artist
Mira Mailhot... dialogue editor
Luc Mandeville... sound
Thierry Morlaas-Lurbe... sound mixer
François B. Senneville... sound editor
Steve F.B. Smith... consultant: Dolby
Boris Abaza... first assistant camera
Sophie Audier... script supervisor
Guillaume Bauer... title designer

Music Department
Stéphane Allard... musician (violin)
Alain Aubut... musician (cello)
Nathalie Cora... musician: kora
Mélissa Diallo... musician (vocalist)
Sofia Gentile... musician (violin)
Aboulaye Koné... musician
Cedric Lavoie... musician (bass)
Sylvain Lecou... musician (flute)
Mohammed N'Diaye... musician (percussion)
Denis Wolff... music consultant

Makena Diop... Mocktar
Adama Ouédraogo... Amadé Sana
Rasmané Ouédraogo... Thiam
Souleymane Souré... Paté
Fatou Tall-Salgues... Coumba
Joseph B. Tapsoba... Tidiane

Production Companies
- Athénaïse (production) (France)
- Association Coopérative des Productions Audio-Visuelles (ACPAV) (co-production) (Canada)
- Sahélis Productions (co-production) (Burkina Faso)

Film Movement (2007) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled)

Venice Days (Venice Film Festival)
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, Prix Ciné FX
ACID, Festival de Cannes
Sundance Film Festival
Festival International du Film de Rio
Festival International du Film de Shangaï
Festival Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal
Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Festival International du Film de Karlovy Vary)
Melbourne International Film Festival


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