Director: Nan Achnas
Whispering Sands is a muted story of the relationship between a soul searching village girl and her jaded, possesive mother, played by famed Indonesian actress Christine Hakim.
Daya’s father, who was a travelling medicine peddler, deserted the family long ago. As a single mother, Berlian is overly protective of her adolescent daughter. Escaping into the secret labyrinths of her imaginary world, the lonely Daya lies down on the sand and dreams of meeting her long lost father.
Berlian's love towards Daya becomes an obsessive one, from her fear that her daughter will turn out to be like her: bitter because of unrealised dreams. It is a story about how a mother's love can stifle and yet liberate a person's spirit.
Nan T Achnas, Rayya Makarim
35mm / colour / 106 mins.
Nan Achnas is a graduate in film directing from the Jakarta Art Institute and also received her MA in film studies at East Anglia University in England. With her short film The Only Day (1988), she won the Grand Prize at the Asian Young Cinema Film Festival in Tokyo in 1988 and, with her 1996 documentry, Ceh Kucak Gayo, she received an award at the Yamagata International Documentry Film Festival in 1997. Whispering Sands has already been showcased at the international film festivals at Karlovy Vary (in 2002) and Brisbane among others.