In Palestinian director Maysaloun Hamoud’s feature debut, to be screened by the AFS at LPCA, April 27-28, three Palestinian women sharing an apartment in Tel Aviv try to find a balance between tradition and modern culture


LAKE PLACID, NY— Hailed by The New York Times as “a perfect film for the moment,” “IN BETWEEN” illustrates the struggle of three women against misogyny in Tel-Aviv and offers a new take on feminism in this unique context. With both gravity and humor, “IN BETWEEN” is a timely reflection for the #MeToo era.

In what is Palestinian female director Maysaloun Hamoud’s feature film debut, three Palestinian women share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia played (Mouna Hawa), a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma (Sana Jammelieh), slightly more subdued, is a DJ and bartender. Nur (Shaden Kanboura) is a younger, religious Muslim woman who moves into the apartment in order to study at the university.

Nur is both intrigued and intimidated by her two sophisticated roommates. When her conservative fiancé visits, he is horrified by her secular friends, entreating her to hasten their marriage, leave Tel Aviv, and assume her rightful role as a wife. She refuses, and his violent rebuttal leaves all of the women shaken. Salma and Lalia also face turmoil: Lalia has found love with a modern Muslim man whose acceptance proves less than unconditional, and Salma discovers that her Christian family in a northern Galilean village is not as liberal as they claim. These three very different women find themselves doing the same balancing act between tradition and modernity, citizenship and culture, fealty and freedom.

The Adirondack Film Society (AFS) Screening Series at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts (LPCA) will present “IN BETWEEN” on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by visiting or calling the LPCA box office at 518-523-2512; they will also be available at the door. To learn more about the Screening Series or other AFS programs, please contact AFS Operations Manager Fred Balzac at 518-523-3456 or 518-588-7275 or