Dreams of Dust

Directed by Laurent Salgues
Film Movement
86 Minutes
Burkina Faso, Canada, France
Drama, Black Cinema
Not Rated
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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 strange timeless wasteland 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.


  • Makena Diop
  • Rasmane Ouedraogo
DVD Features

Bonus short: Dreamer, directed by Raymond E. Speiss Jr.

Sound: Stereo 2.0

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "A beautiful tale...this film truly respects the rhythm of life."
  • Highest Rating
    "Perfectly crafted! Striking cinematography!"
    Deborah Young, Variety
  • Highest Rating
    "There is a haunting quality to Mocktar's story that rewards close attention."
    Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

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