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Sharp, Bracingly Funny Film About 3 Young Women Living 'In Between'

In first-time writer-director Maysaloun Hamoud's film, two young, secular Arab women living in Tel Aviv get a devoutly Muslim roommate and struggle "to live between the cracks of several cultures."
Salma (Sana Jammelieh), Nur (Shaden Kanboura) and Laila (Mouna Hawa) share a quiet moment In Between. Source: Film Movement

, a bold, brassy and beautiful first feature about living while Arab and female in Israel, was made by a young Palestinian woman with Israeli funding. But that is not what from her own people. Set in Tel Aviv, Israel's most secular and free-wheeling city, the movie glances briefly and with astringent black humor at the contradictions of living points a accusatory finger at the ways in which Arab patriarchy and its enablers try to keep things medieval for their upcoming young women.

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