Archive of films Women in Sink / Women in Sink

United Kingdom / Israel
2015, 30 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2015

It’s packed at Fifi’s beauty salon in Haifa. As is normal in such a place, the women are quick to enter into conversation. The young director takes advantage of the situation, allowing her customers to air their opinions on the coexistence of Arabs and Jews as she washes their hair, while also offering a more general look at politics, history, love, and life.


A visit to the hairdresser’s has the unspoken status of a social activity that offers the time and space for discussing more or less fundamental issues. The same is true of Fifi’s, a Haifa beauty salon owned by a Christian Arab. The young director positioned her camera above one of the sinks in order to film conversations with random customers in a place where the women feel safe. Built upon a simple conceptual outline, the documentary investigates Arab-Jewish social coexistence, while also capturing women’s opinions on politics, history, love, and life.

Martin Horyna

About the director

Iris Zaki (b. 1978, Israel) has lived in London since 2009. For several years prior to this she worked for Israeli media. She shot her debut short doc My Kosher Shifts (2011) at the hotel where she worked the reception desk in order to pay her rent. In 2013 she commenced a practice-based PhD in documentary filmmaking. Her research explores her own innovative documentary techniques that allow her to focus on closed communities.


Iris Zaki
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Iris Zaki
Dir. of Photography: Iris Zaki, Ofir Peretz
Music: Souad Zaki
Editor: Tal Cicurel, Iris Zaki
Producer: Iris Zaki
Contact: Iris Zaki


Iris Zaki

Film Director


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