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Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Run Time: 96 minutes
Layla, Salma, and Nour live in an apartment in the bustling center of Tel Aviv. Each woman grapples with varying degrees of being “in between” cultures and traditions. Layla is a fierce, chain-smoking lawyer who enjoys the nightlife and has a modern view of the world, which makes her boyfriend Ziad increasingly uncomfortable. Introspective DJ Salma is a lesbian, but she lies and tells her conservative parents, who subject her to futile matchmaking dinners, that she’s a music teacher. Devout Muslim Nour, meanwhile, studies computer science and is engaged to Wissam, a humorless man she tolerates instead of loves. After the latter’s relationship implodes in a vicious manner, it sets off a chain reaction of self-reflection and empowerment that culminates with each woman determining for herself what she’s willing to fight for. IN BETWEEN deftly navigates contentious religious, gender, and ethnic divides. And in the process it provides incisive commentary on how contemporary society reconciles broad differences—and how far we still have to go. (In Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles) —A.Z.
Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 4:40 PM
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 11:30 AM
VOICES OF THE ARAB WORLD
WOMEN OF THE WORLD
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Maysaloun Hamoud was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1982 and raised in Deir Hana, Israel. She received a B.A. in Middle Eastern History at Hebrew University and studied film at Minshar School of Art. She is also a writer.
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