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Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

In southeast Estonia, in a traditional smoke sauna, a group of women from the Võro community come together to cleanse their bodies and share their stories. Through Anna Hints’ Sundance-award winning documentary, we enter into their intimate space and immerse ourselves among this collective of women. Between the confines of the smoke sauna, and the frozen expanse of the forests beyond where the women take breaks to dip in a nearby iced-over lake, what director Hints creates is truly experiential.

In observing sauna rituals rooted in community, egalitarianism and wellbeing, we see what it means for this group of women to create space for each other: for communion, solidarity and healing as they each regain the strength they need to face the world outside.


Anna Hints







Reclaim The Frame Event

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood Preview & Q&A

10 Oct 2023

#ReclaimTheFrame with post-screening discussions with Director Anna Hints, joinging us from Estonia: 

These special screenings will be followed by a chance to come together to chat about the film and meet members of the Reclaim The Frame team over a drink:

  • Broadway Cinema, Nottingham - Monday 16 October, 18:15  ( Intro by Daljinder Johal)

  • Queen's Film Theatre, Belfast - Tuesday 17 October, time TBA (Intro by Tresca Mallon)

  • Exeter Phoenix - Wednesday 18 October, 18:45 (Intro by Robyn Lawrence)

  • Chapter, Cardiff - Sunday 22 October, 12:00

Additional screening at #ReclaimTheFrame partner cinemas: 

SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD will be presented with descriptive subtitles (SDH) and available with audio description (AD), and the introduction will be captioned.

Please note this film contains discussions and recollections of sexual violence and domestic abuse.

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