The movie

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

“Masterfully shot”
“Smoke Sauna Sisterhood is a window into an enviable cultural practice of solidarity, as the safe communal space provides a place for gossip and laughter as well as the expression of pain.”

Length: 89 min
Country: Estland
Language spoken: Estonian
Language subtitles: Dutch
Director: Anna Hints
Release date: 28/11/2023


“Raw and powerful”
“Intimate, ethereal”
“The word ‘intimate’ is too often attached to films; Anna Hints’s mesmeric documentary Smoke Sauna Sisterhood, however, truly earns that descriptor.”
“The dissection of headless women’s bodies is often in cinema a hallmark of the male gaze, but here this approach does not objectify. Instead, the overall effect is a vivid sweat-drenched embodiment of the sauna’s spirit – a collective physical experience which transcends the individual in favour of sisterhood.”

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