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Women in Sink (2015)

In an Arab hair-salon in Israel, the director installs a camera over the washing-basin. As she washes their hair, she converses candidly with the salon's clients -Arabs and Jews - on Israeli politics, life and love



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At "Fifi's", a hair salon owned by a Christian Arab in Haifa, Israel, the director installs a camera over the washing-basin, where she chats with the clients she is shampooing. She thus paints an unexpected choral portrait of this space that provides temporary freedom, where Arab and Jewish women share their differences and a community of views on politics, history and love.

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In a little Arab hair salon in Haifa, Israel, the director installs a mini film set over the washing basin. As she washes their hair, she converses candidly with the salon's clients, who are Arab and Jews, on topics ranging from politics to love. What emerges from these conversations is an honest and nuanced portrayal of contemporary Israel. See more »



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Nisnas: Women in Sink  »

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A tribute to our common humanity
26 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

I saw this beautiful film at Visions du Réel documentary festival in Nyon, Switzerland. It was sometimes funny, sometimes sad and it sometimes really gave me goosebumps.

The concept of the film is clever, and the director of the film, Iris Zaki, shows her true colors while interviewing her clients, thereby inviting them to show theirs. A great choice in my opinion, as the clients clearly feel free to reveal their true line of thoughts.

The film gives a great and valuable insight into the fact that, when politics and propaganda are set aside and humans truly interact and live with each other, it doesn't really matter where one comes from or what one believes.

Intimate, real, reassuring & inspiring.

Be sure to watch it when you get the chance! You won't regret it.

Ben Arend Reisman

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