Each year, Tubu women embark on a 1000 miles journey across the Sahara to harvest dates. With the revenue of the sale, they can survive an entire year. As the caravan moves on, the destinies of Domagali, Amina and Mariama are unfolding, revealing the self esteem they gain from their economic independence.

DOCUMENTARY. Shooting Format : 16/9, color | Length : 93 minutes | Year : 2009
Original Languages : Tedaga – French | Subtitles : French, Dutch, English, German
Screening Support : BETA Digital, Beta SP, Dvcam, Blu Ray | DVD


 Coup de Cœur de la Région Ile de France, FIFE 2010

 Best Film, Watch Docs, Varsovie 2012.

Magritte du Cinéma, Nominee, Belgium 2011.


Festival Intl. du Film Francophone, Namur ; Pusan International Film Festival (South Korea), 2009 ;  Viennale ; Diagonale ; Thessaloniki Documentary Festival ; Vues d’Afrique (Montréal) ; Festival Intl. De Films de Femmes (Créteil) ; Documentarist days (Istanbul) ; rencontres cinématographiques de Bejaia (Algérie) ; société des africanistes musée quai Branly (Paris) ; Etonnants Voyageurs  (Saint Malo) ; Festival Itinérances d’Alès (France) ; Reykjavik International film festival 2010 ; Taiwan Women Film Association ; Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film – DOK Leipzig FIFE, Paris ; Watchdocs, Warsaw ; FESPACO, Ouagadougou 2011.

Theatrical releases: January 2010 in Austria; May 19, 2010 in Belgium; May 9, 2011 in France.


Script and directing: Nathalie Borgers

Original Idea: Christoph Gretzmacher & Gerhard Auenmeier

Director of Photography / Camera: Jean-Paul Meurisse

Sound engineer: Yunus Acar

Editor : Dieter Pichler

Sound Editor : Gilles Laurent

Mixer : Alek Goosse

Music : Thierry Zaboitzeff

Producers : Diana Elbaum & Sébastien Delloye, ENTRE CHIEN ET LOUP (B) – Erich Lackner, LOTUS FILM (AUT) – Serge Zeitoun, LIAISON CINEMATOGRAPHIQUE (F)

With the participation of ORF, France 5, RTBF.

With the support of Communauté Française de Belgique, Centre National du Cinéma, Österreichsches Film Fond, EURIMAGES.

3 thoughts on “Winds of sand, Women of rock

  1. I saw this film in 2010 at the Wassermusik festival in Berlin, and I was mesmerized. Unfortunately, I couldn’t follow the dialogue because the subtitles were in German. I would love to see this film again with English subs. Is there any way to do that? I’ve searched all over and can’t find this film anywhere.

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