Bar Bahar [In Between] (2016)

Bar Bahar
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Writer: Maysaloun Hamoud
Cast: Mouna HawaSana JammeliehShaden KanbouraMahmud ShalabyHenry Andrawes
Part of: identities Festival
Seen on: 8.6.2017

Leila (Mouna Hawa) and Salma (Sana Jammelieh) share an apartment in Tel Aviv. Their third flatmate, another young, Palestinian woman, just moved out and gave her room to her cousin, Noor (Shaden Kanboura). Leila and Salma, who think of themselves as progressive, are taken aback when shy, quiet Noor shows up, wearing a hijab. Leila, a brash defense lawyer, and Salma, a lesbian DJ, don’t really know how to deal with Noor, who studies computer science and spends most of her spare time with her strictly religious fiancé Wissam (Henry Andrawes). But in time, the three women grow closer.

Bar Bahar is a beautiful, touching film with great characters that gives us a rare complex and diverse portrayal of Middle Eastern women. I really have no complaints about it.

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