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Smoke Sauna Sisterhood
Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

Du 18, Sad


The Poly

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

Award-winning documentary. Life-Affirming Tales of Hurt and Healing in a Hotbox

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2023 Du 18 12:30 – 14:00

The Poly, 24 Church St, Falmouth TR11 3EG, UK


Award Winning films from Cornwall Film Festival

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood | Dir Anna Hints | 2023 | 1h 29 min | Estonia / France / Iceland | Documentary / World Cinema | Estonian with English Subtitles | 15 | Captioned Screening

Tucked away in a lush green forest in southern Estonia, a group of women gather in the safe darkness of a smoke sauna to share their innermost thoughts and secrets. Enveloped by a warm, dense heat, they bare all to expel fears and shame trapped in their bodies and regain their strength.   Director Anna Hints captures this intimate ritual in a stunningly visceral and absorbing way. Her camera engages with the tight space by cradling bodies and faces revealed in chiaroscuro. An exchange of voices shares what their bodies have experienced and withstood. The testimonies are deeply personal while also feeling universally recognizable. Hints further immerses us into the space with a soundscape saturated with breath and steam. The heat, sweat, and corporeality are palpable. At times, the women’s anatomies become landscapes, the sweat like rain. Moments outside in the cool light of the forest offer a release dispersed throughout the experience. It’s a beautiful privilege to be allowed into this healing space, and Hints honors the tradition and the empowered vulnerability of women with her striking and engrossing portrait.   

2023 Winner Directing Award World Cinema Documentary Award at Sundance Film Festival   

2023 Winner Golden Gate Award Best Documentary Feature at San Francisco International Film Festival


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