SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD
(Estonia/France/Iceland, 89 min)
Directed by Anna Hints
Mystical, meditative, and life-affirming, Anna Hints’ new documentary Smoke Sauna Sisterhood explores how Scandinavian and Baltic women have ritualized the sauna experience to purge toxins from the mind and body alike. Featuring breathtaking cinematography reminiscent of a Rembrandt and an audio track of communal chants and folk songs, the film transports us to a smoky and steamy world where women feel free to bare their bodies and souls without shame or judgment in the ultimate cleansing ritual of fire and ice. It is a quiet revelation of a film that captures womanhood in a way rarely expressed on screen, empowering female viewers and enlightening men in equally satisfying ways. Estonian with English subtitles.