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SOLD OUT: SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD — NEW YORK BALTIC FILM FESTIVAL
November 12—7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
*THIS SCREENING IS NOW SOLD OUT*
The 6th Annual New York Baltic Film Festival (NYBFF) presented by Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America returns this November with the best new films from the Baltic region! This year’s lineup includes Anna Hints’s poignant documentary Smoke Sauna Sisterhood, which has been selected as Estonia’s contender for Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards. The film will screen in-person only at Scandinavia House on November 12 at 7 PM.
Smoke Sauna Sisterhood intimately delves into the cultural tradition of Vana-Võromaa’s smoke saunas in South Estonia (which are included in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list) and how they are unique spaces for healing and community. The film draws inspiration from the smoke saunas’ historical role in childbirth, where women gather to share secrets, connecting family and friends to cleanse the body and — more importantly — the soul, inside a place of peace of contemplation.