I Still Hide to Smoke

| 87 min
| German

Situated in the heart of Algiers, this hammam is a place of encounter for very disparate groups of women. The fragile balance threatens to tip when a pregnant woman in distress seeks help. Algiers 1995: While the government is enacting laws that restrict women's freedoms, Fatima, a self-confident woman, works as a masseuse in a hamam. Here, female bathers can argue and laugh, and speak openly about the mundane as well as the existential. When the pregnant Meriem seeks shelter in the hamam from her devout brother because she is carrying a child out of wedlock, the special retreat is threatened. "A compellingly authentic ensemble drama that also demonstrates humor throughout." (Film Reviews)