OUT 22 SEPTEM­BER / CERT 15 / 101 MINS DI­REC­TOR Maysa­loun Hamoud CAST Mouna Hawa, Shaden Kan­boura, Sana Jam­melieh

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ARAB-IS­RAELI DI­REC­TOR Maysa­loun Hamoud’s de­but fea­ture has been a huge fes­ti­val hit and with its fresh, vivid per­spec­tive on to­day’s Pales­tinian woman, de­serves to find a much big­ger au­di­ence than the in­de­pen­dent cin­e­mas it would usu­ally call home. The story of three fe­male friends and flat­mates — lawyer and party girl Laila (Hawa), gay Dj/bar­tender Salma (Jam­melieh) and Is­lamic small-town stu­dent Nour (Kan­boura) — it skil­fully ex­am­ines what free­dom means to women caught be­tween Arab and lib­eral Is­raeli so­ci­eties. Both a sub­ver­sive take on pa­tri­archy and a thrilling por­trait of mod­ern sis­ter­hood, it gives thrilling voice to a fe­male story so rarely heard.

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