Bluebell Films have announced the upcoming release of two highly regarded African films: Radu Mihaileanu's award-winning, fact-based drama of a young boy's search for identity, Live And Become (Va, vis et deviens, 2005) and Marion Hänsel's heart-rending parable Sounds Of Sand (Si le vent soulève les sables, 2006), which tells the story of a family travelling hostile lands to find peace and water.
Live and Become
Ethiopia 1984: civil war and famine rage. As thousands of displaced Africans crowd into Sudanese refugee camps, American and Israeli troops organise "Operation Moses", a mission aimed at relocating the wandering Falashas, Ethiopian Jews who claim direct lineage back to King Solomon's days, to Israel. Forced by his Christian mother to declare himself Jewish to escape starvation, young Solomon (Moshe Agazai) is swept away to Israel. Live And Become is a gripping story of deception and survival; a beautifully crafted coming of age tale about the fate of a young refugee told with warmth and humour.
Sounds of Sand
Forced to flee their desert village due to severe drought and the threat of war, Rahne (Isaka Sawadogo), his wife Mouna (Carole Karemera) and their three children head off on an unknown quest for water and safety. With only a handful of sheep and a few goats, Sawadogo, the only literate villager, chooses to travel in the opposite direction to his fellow migrants, and the family are faced with a treacherous and uncertain journey in the fierce relentless sun in the hope of survival. Based on Marc Durin-Valois' prize winning novel Chamelle, Sounds Of Sand is an enthralling tale of the life-and-death struggle of an African family traversing a hostile desert in search of water.
Live and Become and Sounds of Sand will be released individually on UK DVD on 6th April 2010 by Bluebell Films at the RRP of £14.99 each. No extras have been listed for either as yet.