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Emerging Film Curators: I Still Hide to Smoke (15*)

Cinema On Demand

women in a turkish bath

Set in a hammam in Algiers, Rayhana Obermeyer’s warm and charming debut feature paints an immersive portrait of intimate confession and fierce sisterhood during the Civil War.

Headstrong lead masseuse Fatima (Hiam Abbass) hides a terrified pregnant girl to protect her from her violent, fundamentalist brother and his companions. With the threat of this group steadily encroaching, Fatima struggles to balance doing her job, keeping the peace and providing safety.

In this raw, tender but playful film, Obermeyer breaks the silence by centring women’s experiences in Algiers during the Civil War (1991–2002) which saw the Algerian society being fractured by constant fights between various Islamist fundamentalists groups and the government. Spanning all classes and generations, the hammam becomes a site where societal rules can be inverted. 

Curated by and Emma Bouraba and Maria Paradinas.

2016 France/Greece/Algeria Dir Rayhana Obermeyer 90min

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