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This film has been programmed in partnership with the Eastbourne Film Society. The screening on 16 December will be introduced by Mansel Stimpson, Chair of EFS.
In the darkness of a smoke sauna, women share their deepest secrets, washing shame off their bodies and regaining strength through communion.
Anna Hints’ revelatory documentary has won awards and plaudits at festivals worldwide. Deeply moving, funny and wrenchingly emotional, it explores trauma, healing, and community in the smoke saunas of Estonia. There, women gather to shed their clothes and expose their truest selves, chatting about topics ranging from their day-to-day lives to their most secret and painful experiences. Featuring honest, humane images reminiscent of a Rembrandt painting, and an authentic voice born of Hints’ own Estonian heritage, Smoke Sauna Sisterhood is a miraculous, otherworldly film and an extraordinary cinematic experience.
This is an Estonian language film and will be subtitled.