International Competition

Women in Sink

Iris Zaki
Screening time  
22.02. / Monday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 1  
24.02. / Wednesday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
25.02. / Thursday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 2  
28.02. / Sunday, 16:00 - 18:00 Theatre 4  
28.02. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 5  
The women's stories portray life in Israel from a personal and often unexpected point of view.

Women in Sink tells the story of a little hair salon in the heart of the Christian Arab community in Haifa where director Iris Zaki goes to work as a shampoo girl. Placing her camera above the washing-basin, where the clients enjoy a head massage, Iris converses with Arab and Jewish women from different generations and backgrounds on varied topics, from politics and war to love. Through this unique interaction, the women's stories portray life in Israel from a personal and often unexpected point of view.


Iris Zaki

After several years of working in the Israeli music media industry, Iris Zaki moved to London and started a Masters degree course in documentary filmmaking. Working to pay the rent at the reception of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish hotel in North London, Iris decided to make her debut film about the place, which resulted in the award-winning short documentary My Kosher Shifts (2010). Women in Sink is her latest film.

General sponsor

Women in Sink

Great Britain
2015, 36' 20''

Directed by:
Iris Zaki

Screenplay by:
Iris Zaki

Iris Zaki

Edited by:
Tal Cicurel

Souad Zaki

Iris Zaki

Produced by:
Iris Zaki

Festivals & Awards:

Visions du Réel 2015 – Most Innovative Mid-Length Award, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015 – Special Jury Mention, Haifa Film Festival 2015 – Best Short Documentary, IDFA 2015, AFI Docs 2015, RIDM – Montreal International Documentary Festival 2015, Hamptons International Film Festival 2015, Viennale 2015, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2015, UK Jewish Film Festival 2015, Watch Docs 2015