HUDA’S SALON World Cinema


Following the theatrical screening, watch a special conversation with director Hany Abu-Assad moderated by AFI Festivals Programmer Eric Moore.

HUDA’S SALON centers on the complex friction in the West Bank between the Palestinian resistance and the Israeli occupation. In this tense and harrowing drama, Reem, mother of a newborn baby and wife to a distrusting husband, gets her hair cut at Huda’s Salon one fateful day. There, Huda blackmails Reem into betraying their Palestinian community by providing intel to the Israeli Secret Service. The very next day Huda is found out by the resistance and Reem’s blackmail photo is discovered. So begins the parallel narratives of Huda’s interrogation and Reem’s search for a way to escape her fate. Masterfully crafted by the renowned, Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker and FEST alum Hany Abu-Assad (OMAR; PARADISE NOW), HUDA’S SALON reveals with disturbing candor the plight of Palestinian women striving to survive while being trapped on all sides. –Julia Kipnis

Hany Abu-Assad is a two-time Academy Award®-nominated Palestinian writer and director. His film, OMAR, received a Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and was nominated for the AFI FEST Grand Jury Prize in 2013. His most recent film, HUDA’S SALON (2021), screened at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.

Jasper Basch
IFC Films


Country: Palestine, Egypt, Netherlands

Year: 2021

Director: Hany Abu-Assad

Screenwriter: Hany Abu-Assad

Producers: Hany Abu-Assad, Amira Diab, Maher Diab, Shahinaz el Akkad, Alaa Karkouti

Executive Producers: Emilie Georges, Mohamed Hefzy, Mathieu Delaunay, Sawsan Asfari, Ossama Bawardi

Directors of Photography: Ehab Assal, Peter Flinckenberg

Editor: Eyas Salman

Music: Jeffrey van Rossum

Cast/Featuring: Ali Suliman, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Manal Awad, Kamel El Basha, Samer Bisharat, Omar Abu Amer

Running Time (minutes): 91

Language: Arabic




Arab Media and Film Institute