Magazine article New Internationalist

In between (Bar Bahar)

Magazine article New Internationalist

In between (Bar Bahar)

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In Between (Bar Bahar)

Wow! The setting is oh-so-familiar - young women sharing a flat in the big city. But what a remarkably assured, stirring and revelatory debut feature this is.

The flat-sharers are three Palestinian 20-somethings, and the city is not the New York of Sex and the City and Girls, but Tel Aviv. In their life-stories, they are 'in between' leaving the family home and settling in work and domestically. Socially and ethnically, they are 'in between' too. Somewhere between traditional middle-class Palestinian attitudes and values, and wider, discriminatory, Jewish ones. What we come to see of their lives is poignant and impressive, fierce and tender.

Lalia is a lawyer, smart, witty, independent: she likes clubbing, drinking and soft drugs. Salma is quieter, gentler, works in a restaurant and sometimes DJs. …

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