A solid young ensemble bolsters "Burning Sands," a drama that demonstrates the horrors of fraternity hazing come in all colors.
Six freshmen from the fictional Frederick Douglass University drive to a spot in the woods, where they are run through boot-camp paces by the dean of pledges, Fernander ("Moonlight's" Trevante Rhodes). This is Hell Week for the pledges of Lambda Lambda Phi, where grueling physical hardship also comes with random violence. Fernander kicks out one pledge when he tries to take the blows meant for another pledge, Zurich (Trevor Jackson).
Writer-director Gerard McMurray follows the remaining five pledges through the ensuing week. They are under orders to avoid campus activities by day and to meet up at night for underground hazing.