Israeli Film 'Sand Storm' Wins Top Prize at Sundance

Arabic-language Israeli drama tells the story of a Bedouin woman who must welcome her husband's second wife.

Elite Zexer, director of "Sand Storm," accepts the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize for the Israeli film during the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.
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The Arabic-language Israeli film “Sand Storm” won the top prize for a foreign film at the Sundance Film Festival Saturday night.

The film took the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize. Written and directed by a Jewish-Israeli, Elite Zexer, “Sand Storm” was making its debut at the annual festival in Utah.

In the drama, a Bedouin woman must welcome her husband’s second wife and deal with her modern daughter.

“Weiner,” a film about the mayoral campaign of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced New York Jewish congressman, and the landscape of today’s politics, won the the U.S. Documentary Grand Jury Prize.