Egyptian film maker Rammy Elsaadany joins us in the studio to review the film and soundtrack for ‘In Between’, an insightful take on the lives of modern Palestinian women by first time director Maysaloun Hamoud. Set in Tel Aviv, three different women navigate the trials of modern day urban living together. We’ll also listen to several of the songs and artists on the soundtrack, a rich and unusual (tune in to find out why) soundtrack that also drives the narrative.
How much is the film, produced by Shlomi Elkabetz a decent portrayal of life for Palestinian women today and is it really propaganda, as laid out by some? The film’s director was the subject of the first fatwa since 1948, to be issued from Palestine.
The story features a young, engaged Muslim woman from the ultra conservative West Bank town of Umm al-Fahm who move into a Tel Aviv apartment with two liberal Arab Israeli women. The veiled student eventually rebels against restrictive traditions after going through a traumatic experience and being supported by her sensitive new housemates.
In Palestinian Israel, it was in fact from the town of Umm al-Fahm where many of the strongest criticisms of the film came from, with the municipality issuing a statement condemning the film and banning local screenings there. The actresses also received death threats.
“The mayor gave a speech, which started with the sentence, “I didn’t see the movie, but …” They claim the movie is haram, it is forbidden, especially for girls … but they actually illustrated what I was trying to say. I couldn’t really ask for more, and people went to the cinemas to see what was going on about this film.”
Director Maysaloun Hamoud in Hollywood Reporter
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