23rd November - Bonboné and Dégradé
18:30 - rio cinema, kingsland high street, E8 2PB
Bonboné (dir. Rakan Mayasi, 15 mins)
A young Palestinian woman visits her husband in an Israeli prison. Unable to have conjugal visits, they devise an unusual and unexpected way to conceive.
Dégradé (dir. Arab Nasser & Tarzan Nasser, 85 mins)
A hot summer’s day in the Gaza Strip. Today, the electricity is on. Christine’s beauty salon is heaving with female clients: a bride-to-be, a pregnant woman, a bitter divorcée, a devout woman and a pill-popping addict. But their day of leisure is disrupted when gunfire breaks out across the street. A gangland family has stolen the lion from Gaza’s only zoo, and Hamas has decided it’s time to settle old scores. Stuck in the salon, with the prospect of death drawing ever nearer, the women start to unravel. How will the day end? Will they lose their lives for the sake of “liberating the lion”?