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Huda's Salon

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad
91 minutes
Unclassified 18+
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An innocent Palestinian woman becomes trapped in blackmail and deceit in this edge-of-your-seat thriller from two-time International Oscar nominee Hany Abu-Assad (Omar, SFF 2014).
A visit to Huda’s salon in Bethlehem should give Reem a welcome break from her controlling husband. But Reem’s trusted friend Huda is not all she seems. In astonishing scenes based on real events, Reem is blackmailed into becoming an informant for Israel’s internal security service. Reem risks shame, and much worse, if she doesn’t co-operate. Abu-Assad’s gripping drama makes a powerful statement about the oppression of women in occupied Palestine. Maisa Ebd Elhadi (3000 Nights, SFF 2015) and Manal Awad (Gaza Mon Amour) give knockout performances as women caught in a conflict with no end in sight.
Does not stop for one second to take a breath, and the subjects revealed have enormous and urgent philosophical reverb.
Sheila O’Malley, RogerEbert.com
This handsome film serves as a sobering reminder that in any type of conflict, women tend to get the short end of the stick.
Tomris Laffly, Variety
Awad is particularly superb – imperturbable, defiant, coolly magnetic – as a woman forced to define resistance on her own terms.
Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Huda’s Salon is rubbed raw by the politics of the occupied territories; but somehow it doesn’t feel like an issue movie.
Anthony Lane, The New Yorker


Sat 11 Jun
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Wed 15 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Fri 17 Jun
Casula Powerhouse
Past Event Cancel
Sat 18 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Special Presentations
Unclassified 18+
Palestine, Egypt, Netherlands
In Arabic with English subtitles
Hany Abu-Assad
Hany Abu-Assad, Amira Diab, Mohamed Hefzy
Ali Suliman, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Manal Awad
Hany Abu-Assad
Ehab Assal, Peter Flinckenberg
Eyas Salman
Australian Premiere
Middle East, Focus on Women, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Crime
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Cultural Media Australia
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