In Between (Bar Bahar)


Mary D. Fisher TheatreMon, Nov 6, 2017 7:00 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Event Type:Film
Film Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2016
Run Time:103 minutes
Production Country:Israel/France
Original Language:Hebrew
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Maysaloun Hamoud


Three totally different Palestinian women share a Tel Aviv apartment. They find themselves in a balancing act between tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, patriarchal tradition and freedom. Laila, a beautiful criminal attorney with a wicked wit, burns off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, somewhat more subdued, is a disc jockey and bartender whose parents are trying to marry her off and then imprison her when they learn she is a lesbian. Nur, a devout Muslim, has moved to Tel Aviv from a small village to attend college.

When Nur’s conservative fiancé visits, he is horrified by her secular roommates and demands she move up their marriage date, drop out of college, leave Tel Aviv, and assume her role as wife. His violent reaction when she refuses leaves the three women shaken and they devise a plan to free Nur from her engagement. The women’s relationship grows as they share their apartment, their turmoil, romantic quandaries, as well as their family and societal expectations. Through their growing bond with each other they become empowered and ultimately each develops her own sense of self-acceptance.