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PRESENTED BY SCREEN NEXT THE SEA
At Alderman Peel High School,
Market Lane, Wells NR23 1RB
Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud and starring Shaden Kanboura,Sana Jammelieh,Mouna Hawa Riyad Sliman & Mahmoud Shalaby.
Told through the wry, amusing exploits of three young women,this stunning award-winning debut by young Palestinian writer/director Maysaloun Hamoud peels back the layers of an Arab-Israeli underground culture.
In Between is beautifully crafted, compelling and skilfully understated.The cast (about 90% of whom are in front of the camera for the first time) are so good. It depicts female relationships in the modern era as it follows lawyer Laila (Mouna Hawa), aspiring DJ Salma (Sana Jammaliah) and student and wife-to-be Nour (Shaden Kanboura) as their lives begin to take shape. Each woman knows what she wants away from the constraints of traditional society,but as they pursue their paths, do they have the freedom from their friends, families and even each other, to succeed?
After being criticised for taking Israeli state funding, the director found herself the subject of death threats and fatwas from fundamentalists,accused of disparaging or corrupting Muslim women. Elsewhere,In Between has been rapturously received,with Hamoud receiving the Women in Motion Young Talents award at this year’s Cannes festival.