Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

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BBFC Ratingf-rated FilmSmoke Sauna Sisterhood

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Director(s)Anna Hints
Writer(s)Anna Hints
Country Estonia, France, Iceland
Running Time1HR 28MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles
SeasonMain Programme
Audio Accessible

In southeast Estonia, in a traditional smoke sauna, a group of women from the Võro community come together to cleanse their bodies and share their stories.

Through Anna Hints’ Sundance-award winning documentary, we enter into their intimate space and immerse ourselves among this collective of women. Between the confines of the smoke sauna, and the frozen expanse of the forests beyond where the women take breaks to dip in a nearby iced-over lake, what director Hints creates is truly experiential. In observing sauna rituals rooted in community, egalitarianism and wellbeing, we see what it means for this group of women to create space for each other: for communion, solidarity and healing as they each regain the strength they need to face the world outside.

Please note this film contains discussions and recollections of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

The screening on 17 Oct at 6.00pm will be introduced by Reclaim The Frame director Melanie Iredale and Belfast Impact Producer Tresca Mallon, and will be followed by a chance to come together to chat about the film over a drink at the QFT bar. This screening will be presented with descriptive subtitles (SDH) and the introduction will be captioned.

This event is brought to you by Reclaim The Frame - a UK wide charity with a mission to champion marginalised perspectives in cinema, and connect with audiences through community building and conversation. To join them in advocating for social justice in all film spaces, to find out more about upcoming events, or to donate to their access initiative as part of The Big Give, please go to or @ReclaimTheFrame / #ReclaimTheFrame on social media.


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