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Sand Men

DOCUMENTARY | 10 – 15 MIN. | CREATIVITY AND CONNECTION, IMMIGRANTS, SOCIAL & POLITICAL DIVISIONS

With their families in Romania depending on them, three men try to survive by creating sand sculptures.

This film contains scenes or descriptions that some viewers may find disturbing and/or may not be suitable for younger audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

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But What Does It Mean?

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Model a sculpture for a loved one far away. Work with whatever malleable material you have on hand…clay, playdoh, or even aluminum foil. Before beginning, close your eyes and bring this person to mind and think about the warm memories you have with this person. Try to recollect an object or shape that has particular meaning to your loved one and/or you. Now begin to mold your material into that shape, focusing on the positive memories and feelings you have for this person. Once you’ve finished, snap a photo, and send it to your loved one.

Meet the Filmmaker

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

Tal Amiran is a multi award winning director and editor based in London, UK. His films have screened at numerous festivals including AFI Docs, Cinequest, Big Sky Documentary Film festival, Savannah Film Festival and Brooklyn Film Festival, winning Best Documentary Short at several festivals including Sarasota Film festival and London Short Film festival. Tal’s films have been showcased by Vimeo Staff Pick and Nowness as well as being acquired by the BFI National Archive.
Tal is also a lecturer on the Film and Moving Image BA at Norwich University of the Arts, UK.

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WHY THEY MADE THE FILM

One afternoon on my way to work, I coincidently happened to walk past a sand sculpture on the pavement. It stopped me in my tracks: it was quite surreal seeing a life-size sand sculpture of a dog laying there on a grotty London high street. I noticed that the sculptor was Romanian and did not speak English. I later found out that across London and the UK, there are numerous Romanian migrants, all making the same sand sculptures, as a means of survival. Making the film was my way of finding out about the makers and their sculptures. The more I got to know the men, the more I realied they had difficult human stories that needed to be told.
It was particularly timely, as there seemed to be a growing anti immigration sentiment in the UK. It was then that it became clear to me that this would be the subject for my film.

Your Turn: What did YOU think of this film?

1 Comment

  1. Anonymous

    I enjoyed this sad film. All of the men seemed resigned to their “job” of creating sand dogs, as though it was all they could do to help their families. It highlighted for me how difficult immigrants lives can be in a new country. None of the men wanted to return to Romania despite the desperate toll their move to England has taken on them.

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