Middle
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Film
Festival
2017
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I STILL HIDE TO SMOKE R21
Director: Rayhana ObermeyerDuration: 90 MinsLanguage: Arabic and French with English subtitles

A hammam in turmoil, cigarettes on the sly, the fat and the skinny, gales of laughter, dreams of a dazzling wedding, forgotten false teeth, calls to prayer, a head masseuse, a picky matchmaker, an expat dressed like a blondie, kids bawling, beards growing, a love song, love for your man, men’s love for their mothers, inappropriate spermatozoids, a pregnant virgin, a princess married age 10, a cuckolded husband, a virginity certificate, a festive divorce, a bush to shave, a bomb in the water tank, open-tops and cover-ups, an assassin brother, acid burns, a hooded plumber, a pussy on fire, solitary pleasures, butts and burqas, the Bible and the Koran... before the flash of a dagger and the silence of God.

Within the protective walls of a hammam, women of different ages come not only to bathe, but to talk. During the female-only hours the women can bare themselves completely, from garments as well as the societal restrictions set upon them. No topic is off limits. Love, sex, religion and politics are discussed and ideologies clash.

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