«BAR BAHAR”/»IN BETWEEN» (2016) directed by Maysaloun Hamoud is the winner of 17th Sebastiane Award in 2016.
GEHITU, the Basque Association of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transexuals, and, on behalf of Gehitu, the Sebastiane Award’s Jury has decided to grant the XVII SEBASTIANE award to following film:
“BAR BAHAR”/»IN BETWEEN» (2016) directed by Maysaloun Hamoud,
For showing the reality of three women who pay a high price for conquering a slot of liberty where they may be themselves, in a society where whatever they do, they seem not to fit. For reflecting as well the struggle from everyday life against the «ism»s and phobias such as machismo and fundamentalism towards homo/lesbophobias.
The movie denounces the ways to keep prejudices and power positions we shield behind tradition, familiar and religious values; opposing the stifling reality from the rural enviroment to the «island of freedom» represented by Tel-Aviv. And for expressing it all in a high-spirited story, with a fresh and corageous rythm which helps the viewer to identify himself/herself with the starrings.
The Jury would like to thank the Festival Selection Committee for the choice of LGTB themed films in the 64th edition.