IN BETWEEN (BAR BAHAR)
First show: February 16
“ SPARKLING, TABOO-BREAKING … [A] BREEZY, LIGHT-HEARTED DRAMEDY OF GIRL POWER!” – The Hollywood Reporter
“A FIST-PUMPING CELEBRATION of female power and solidarity” –The Playlist
“[A] sharp, wise and vibrant ode to female independence …” – LA Times
In this remarkable debut feature, three Palestinian women share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, slightly more subdued, is a DJ and bartender. Nur is a younger, religious Muslim girl who moves into the apartment in order to study at the university. Nur is both intrigued and intimidated by her two sophisticated roommates. When her conservative fiancé visits, he is horrified by her secular friends, entreating her to hasten their marriage, leave Tel Aviv, and assume her rightful role as a wife. She refuses, and his violent rebuttal leaves all of the women shaken. Salma and Lalia also face turmoil: Lalia has found love with a modern Muslim man whose acceptance proves less than unconditional, and Salma discovers that her Christian family in a northern Galilean village is not as liberal as they claim when she comes out as a lesbian. These three very different women find themselves doing the same balancing act between tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom.
Written and directed by Maysaloun Hamoud. 2016. Israel. Arabic and Hebrew w/ English subtitles. Comedy/Drama. 103 min. DCP.
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