Thirteen men, all strangers one to an other coming from different countries and walks of life, gather together at the edge of the Sahara for a physical and emotional adventure: a 15-day trek, a chance to rethink their lives and their male identity. In the void of the desert, they share their anxieties, their taboos, all so personal and nevertheless universal.
The resulting film makes a clean sweep of clichés about what it means to be a man. Desert Wind exposes the participants’ innermost thoughts about their families, their roles as fathers, their relationships with women, starting with their mothers, and their sexuality. They reveal what they really think about power, aggressiveness, fear and competitiveness.
The film is meant for both men and women, as it gives them a glimpse of the hidden side that few men spontaneously reveal.
A film by François Kohler
Produced by Louise Productions, XL Production for Film & TV sàrl, National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Instant Film sàrl
Year of production : 2005
Language : french
Subtitles : english
Length : 79 min
Image : Denis Jutzeler and Camille Cottagnoud
Editing : Hélène Girard
Sound mixing : Eric Ghersinu
Music : Anthony Rozankovic
In coproduction with the RTS, the SSR/SRG and Arte