In Maysaloun Hamoud’s 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 as she begins a new relationship with a modern Muslim man. Salma, slightly more subdued, is a DJ and bartender who struggles with the notion of coming out to her Christian family. When Nur, a younger, religious Muslim girl moves into the apartment in order to study at the university, but the increasingly secular nature of her life clashes with the stern disapproval of her conservative fiancé, who encourages her to leave Tel Aviv and assume her rightful role as a wife. These three very different women find themselves doing the same balancing act between tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom.
“A bold, brassy and beautiful first feature about living while Arab and female in Israel… Unfolds less as a polemic than as a warmly human, often very funny, sporadically tragic story about three young women who are far more fleshed-out than they might seem on paper.” —Ella Taylor, NPR Mahmoud and her cast do a wonderful job showing us just how much strength it takes to push back against a lifetime—really, eons—of accepted tenets… Deftly mixes both the intimate and the enormous throughout, endowing vibrantly-shot, slice-of-life storytelling with an often wrenching depth.” —Elizabeth Weitzman, The Wrap
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