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London Palestine Film Festival

A group of women sit around in a hair salon looking annoyed.

In Gaza, two hairdressers and their eclectic clients spend the day trapped in a beauty salon while Hamas, a gang, and a lion fight it out in the street.

A hot summer’s day in the Gaza Strip. Today, the electricity is on. Christine’s beauty salon is heaving with clients: a bride-to-be, a pregnant woman, a bitter divorcée, a devout woman and a pill-popping addict.

But their day of leisure is disrupted by gunfire across the street. A gangland family has stolen the lion from Gaza’s only zoo, and Hamas has decided it’s time to settle old scores. Stuck in the salon, with the prospect of death drawing nearer, the women start to unravel. How will the day end? Will they lose their lives for the sake of “liberating the lion”?

Palestine/France/Qatar 2015 Dirs Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser 85 min

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