Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Running Time: 96 min
Language: Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
Sponsored by: Larry and Cindy Rappoport
Warning: Contains language, drug use and some strong sexual content
Sharing an apartment in the heart of Tel Aviv, three young Palestinian women with diverse aspirations come of age. Leila (Mouna Hawa), a chain-smoking criminal lawyer with unwavering wit and wild magnetism, enjoys dancing off workday stress in the underground club scene. Her good friend, Salma (Sana Jammelieh), more subdued yet similarly stylish, is a DJ and bartender floating from gig to gig. While Nour (Shaden Kanboura), the youngest and most understated of the three, is a religious Muslim, engaged to be married, who moves in with Leila and Salma in order to study at the university.
Though Noor finds her new roommates at once intimidating and intriguing, she enjoys her newfound independence and comes to appreciate the women as true friends. With everything going well and her studies in order, Nour arranges an evening alone with her conservative fiancé (Henry Andrawas) who is arriving for a visit. Incensed by his future bride’s cosmopolitan existence and the liberal influences of her secular roommates, he entreats Nour to hasten their marriage, leave Tel Aviv, and assume her rightful role in the home. When Nour refuses his wishes, his violent rebuttal leaves her shaken, yet willing to kick the stakes up a notch.
With a rocking score by MG Saad, unforgettable performances, and bright, engaging camerawork, IN BETWEEN is a heart-thumping, compelling exploration of human frailty and resilience in the face of Israel’s ever changing social landscape.
Special Guest: Ibrahim Miari, Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Language at the University of Pennsylvania
Followed by 20s and 30s Happy Hour at City Diner (corner of South and Broad Streets) with free appetizers and drink specials
Subjects: Coming-of-age, gender issues, family, feminism, friendship, fundamentalism, Palestinian citizens of Israel, religion, roommates, tradition vs. modernity, Tel Aviv life
For Fans of: Arab-Israeli cinema, female directors, feature film debuts, feminist themes in cinema, Gender Studies, Girls, The Women’s Balcony, Thelma and Louise, Walking and Talking
Official Selection: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival, Göteborg International Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival