Directed by François Kohler
Documentary | 2005 | 80 min
Produced by XL Production for Film & TV sàrl, National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Instant Film sàrl
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.
Director : François Kohler
Camera : Denis Jutzeler and Camille Cottagnoud
Editing : Hélène Girard
Sound editing : Eric Ghersinu
Original score : Anthony Rozankovic
Group facilitator : Alexis Burger
Participants : Christian N., Louis, Bernard, Eric J., Nicolas, Sylvain, Gaétan, Jean-Jacques, Eric G., Pierre-Yves, Christian A., Emmanuel-François & Guénaël
XL Production for Film & TV sàrl
National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
Instant Film sàrl
Louise Productions (line production)
With the support of :
Fondation vaudoise pour le cinéma
Fonds Regio Films