I Still Hide to Smoke

Directed by: Rayhana
France | Greece | Algeria | 90 minutes
uk-premiere
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Screenings
Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Sun 24th Sep 15:00

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Fri 29th Sep 20:15
Q&A with Rayhana

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In 1995, during the Algerian Civil War, Fatima, a middle-aged masseuse runs a hammam where all local women meet to cleanse their bodies and spirits. Mothers, daughters, virgins, rebels and religious fanatics scrub and shower. Some do it for the men and the Koran, and some come just to hide from them, washing away the pain and suffering caused by the patriarchal, fundamentalist society they live in. Will this safe haven protect them from the outside world or are they an endemic part of it, which makes some of the character's struggle futile? As bombs keep falling we learn the harsh truth of a woman's role in Algeria. Rayhana's eye-opening film is a brave and extraordinary work of art that breaks many taboos and challenges misconceptions. Even the protagonists’ naked bodies exemplify more than one stance, having experienced different traumas regardless of their age or background. I Still Hide to Smoke has the best traits of a Greek tragedy whilst staying authentic and culturally significant, showing a broad spectrum of social issues and maladies that are regrettably still around, regardless of the decades gone. Adam Samuel Court
Original Title
À mon âge je me cache encore pour fumer
Runtime
90
Cast
Hiam Abbass
Fadila Belkebla
Nadia Kaci
Nassima Benchicou
Sarah Layssac
Country
France
Greece
Algeria
Director(s)
Rayhana
Writer(s)
Rayhana
Producer(s)
Michèle Ray-Gavras
Executive Producer(s)
Michèle Ray-Gavras
Fénia Cossovitsa
Salem Brahimi
Screening Status
UK Premiere