In Between

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IN BETWEEN follows three independent Palestinian women in Tel Aviv, who find themselves ‘in between’ the free lives they aspire to lead and the restrictions imposed by a blinkered society.

Director: Maysaloun Hamoud

Writer: Maysaloun Hamoud

Stars: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura


It’s a film in which you really believe in the characters; You really believe in their situations; They’re lively and vibrant and totally engaging and it’s a film which thrums with life, thrums with the possibility of life and also an understanding of the structures of life. It’s called In Between, and I would recommend anyone to go and see it because I thought it was really terrific.” Mark Kermode – Radio Five Live

When devout university student Nour moves in with successful lawyer Laila and club DJ Salma, she is shocked by their partying. As Laila fights to retain her freedom in the face of a new relationship, Salma falls for beautiful trainee doctor Dounia, a romance she must hide from her family. Nour is set for an arranged marriage to Wissam, an exemplary member of the community, who may not be as respectable as he appears.

IN BETWEEN follows the lives of these strong, independent minded Palestinian-Israeli women in Tel Aviv. Away from the constraints of their families and enforced tradition, they find themselves ‘in between’ the free and unfettered lives they aspire to lead and the restrictions imposed on them by a blinkered society.

First-time director Maysaloun Hamoud’s honest depiction of the lives of ‘liberated’ Palestinian women in Israel earned her the first Palestinian fatwa in 70 years.


Read an interview with director Maysolum Hamoud in the PECCADILLO BLOG

  • "What elevates Hamoud’s screenplay beyond typical Tinseltown fare, however, is what is at stake by rebelling against cultural norms and choosing a liberal lifestyle."

    Susan Wloszczyna - Roger Ebert
  • “Hamoud’s clever, nuanced screenplay offers a critique of traditional, patriarchal Palestinian society, threatened by modernity, feminine power, and the court of public opinion.”

    Alissa Simon - Variety
  • “What makes this spiky dramedy so compelling are the Palestinian-Israeli protagonists, whose split lives have rarely been depicted on screen.”

    Alissa Simon - Variety
  • “After watching Maysaloun Hamoud’s sparkling, taboo-breaking first feature In Between (Bar Bahar), audiences will have to seriously update their ideas about the lifestyle of Palestinian women in Israel.”

    Deborah Young - The Hollywood Reporter
Cast: Mouna Hawa, Sana Jammelieh, Shaden Kanboura, Henry Andrawes, Mahmoud Shalaby
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Writer: Maysaloun Hamoud
Country: Palestine / Israel / France
Language: Hebrew / Arabic / English
Subtitles: English
Format: PAL
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Running Time: 96 mins
Sound: 5.1
DVD Release Date: 29-01-2018
VoD Release Date: 29-01-2018
Cinema Release Date: 22-09-2017
Dvd Catalogue Number: EC1075
Year: 2016

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