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Dreams of DustI’ve just watched a movie that I really liked, but it took me a while to digest it, though. It’s not that it’s a “difficult” film that you have to think a lot to understand, just the contrary, it’s so simple that it’s the kind of movies that never leave you and as time goes by you appreciate more and more. The movie is titled Dreams of Dust (Reves de Poussiere in the original language) and was directed by Laurent Salgues. The story is simple: a man from Niger goes to find work at a gold mine in Burkina Faso; the job is hard, dangerous, and they don’t pay you much to risk your life.
The movie has little dialogue, the story is open and full of unknowns that you can only guess the answers, but you can relate to the characters, suffer with them, and understand a lot about Africa in general.
Because even when the movie was filmed in Burkina Faso and represents something that happened there (and maybe is still happening) you can see that the struggle of those men and women is the same than the rest of the people in the continent.
In this case, these men have to go down long tunnels under the earth only armed with a couple of flashlights, a hammer and a piece of cloth, to break pieces of rock to bring back to the surface to then break into pieces hoping to find some gold.
Their lives are worthless, and they know it, they are just hiding from a past that we don’t know, or maybe running away from a present that doesn’t have much to offer. There is little hope, and not much to do about it.
The movie is sad, no doubt about it, but it reflects so well how millions of people are just surviving in Africa; it can be in the gold mines of Burkina Faso, or the streets of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The director certainly knows the subject very well.
Don’t expect to find a movie full of action, adventure or dialogue; the pace is slow but you can’t stop watching it. Nothing is fully explained and the script is open, but if you like movies that make you think, this one is for you.
The photography is amazing, you can even breathe the dust, feel the sand and the weight of the rocks on the main character’s shoulders.
The actors are great, specially Makena Diop, who plays the Mocktar, a farmer from Niger, and he shows very well the quiet and reflective personality of the African people.
The movie is in French with English subtitles, the French dialogue adds an extra pleasure to the viewing.
Click here to watch the trailer.

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