the Coachella Valley Premiere and one-time screening of


Saturday, December 17, 2005
Camelot Theatres - Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.
Coffee & Muffins Available
Film Introduction at 9:20 a.m.
Screening Begins at 9:30 a.m.
Q & A Session Following the Screening

DFS Members present Membership Card
Guests & 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 Film Festival
2005 – Special Jury Award – Worldfest, Houston
Film Festivals:  Karlovy. Jerusalem, Kolkata (India), Dubrovnik, Las Vegas, San Diego, Atlanta and Houston.
Genre:  Drama
Running time:  86 Minutes
Language:  Hebrew, Arabic and English
MPAA rating:  Unrated
Some sex, nudity, adult themes, strong implied violence.