Desert Haze

A group of Mormons have geared up with port-a-potties and are heading for a historical re-enactment excursion. Elsewhere, archaeologists are digging up the remains of an internment camp. A Native American is pained by the deterioration of his cultural heritage. A space researcher dreams of colonising Mars.

Mistakes of the past and hopes for the future come together in Sofie Benoot’s mosaic documentary that dissembles the myths associated with American deserts. Ancient migration routes and names carved in rocks prove that despite their name, deserts are anything but deserted.

Motion and spreading to new areas work as key metaphors in the film. After nuclear testing wiped out all life, the first ones to reinhabit the desert were tumbleweeds. As a foreign species they pose a threat to the native flora of the region.

Sofie Benoot is a Belgian documentary filmmaker, who has been awarded, among other recognitions, the VAF Wild Card.

Text: Viivi Pietiläinen / Translation: Tapio Reinekoski

Language: English


  • Director: Sofie Benoot
  • Country: Belgium, Netherlands
  • Year: 2014
  • Length: 109 min
  • Age limit: S
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Fairuz
  • Editing: Nico Leunen
  • Audio: Kwinten Van Laethem
  • Production: Eric Goossens & Frederik Nicolai / Off World


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