Desert Haze

Desert Haze is a documentary western. In this film, the western film genre is analysed to portray modern day America in a relevant and intriguing manner. It is a tale of a country on the verge of history and current events, of myth and reality.

Desert Haze is a film by Sofie Benoot in co-production with Off World, a Belgium film production company and with support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Belgian federal tax Shelter and the Media+ program of the European Union



Sofie Benoot

Sofie Benoot (Bruges, Belgium) is a young promising filmmaker. She’s been studying film school in Brussels since 2003 and graduated in 2007 as a Master in audiovisual arts, at St-­‐Lucas Brussels, specialized in documentary. Ever since, she’s investing all her passion and talent into her very personal and precious projects.

Her graduation film project Fronterismo (2007) won the VAF Wild Card Award at the Leuven International Film Festival and has been widely exhibited at international film festival. Blue Meridian was her first film project after graduating. It was one of the 13 projects selected for the first edition of FIDlab during FID Marseille 2009 where it won the first award. Meanwhile she enlarged her experience by working as a creative coordinator for ‘Berlin’, a renowned theater and Film collective, and by being a production-­‐assistant and assistant-­‐ director for different film and art projects. If there’s any time left, Sofie gives guest lectures on documentary subjects she’s been confronted with. Her latest film Desert Haze is starting very promising career in April 2014, in the feature length competition at Visions Du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland.


Director: Sofie Benoot
Photography: Fairu
Editor: Nico Leunen
Sounddesign & mix: Michel Schöpping
Sound recordist: Kwinten van Laethem
Assistant director: Liesbeth de Ceulaer
Produced by: OffWorld
In co-production with: Zeppers Film