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Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

date and time
Thursday, January 11 2024
7:00pm
doors at 6:30
tickets
$10 GA
$7 for SPACE members
Co-presented by Washington Baths

***Note: This is an added screening. Tickets purchased for the screening on Sunday, January 7th, will be honored on January 11th.

89 Minutes, in Estonian with English subtitles, dir. Anna Hints

Women share their innermost secrets and intimate experiences inside an Estonian smoke sauna. Cleansing their bodies and baring their souls, they embrace the healing power of sisterhood. Anna Hints’ Sundance-winning documentary celebrates the centuries-old smoke sauna tradition, recognized on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Estonia’s Official Entry for Best International Feature 96th Academy Awards

(T)hese raw bodies exhibit an organic kind of beauty, real and uninhibited as they commune with the swirling smoke from burning wood and the clouds of steam produced by moistened rocks. It’s no wonder the women tend to open up under these sweltering conditions. To feel fully aware of one’s own body is to acknowledge its scars, too.

The New York Times

“The small, smoky, steamy miracle of this film is how it creates something so intangible, so lyrical, from the absolutely elemental: fire, wood, water and lots of naked female flesh”

Variety
a film poster showing someone sitting in a sauna with their hair puled back, with the films title "smoke sauna sisterhood" in the forefront of the image

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