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

Production : 

XL Production for Film & TV sàrl

National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

RTS Radio Télévision Suisse



Instant Film sàrl

Louise Productions (line production)

Producers : 

Heinz Dill

Xavier Grin

Yves Bisaillon

Christian Medawar

With the support of : 

Fondation vaudoise pour le cinéma

Fonds Regio Films