Smoke Sauna Sisterhood

Estonia’s smoke sauna tradition is on UNESCO’s list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity”. Anna Hint’s award-winning documentary observes a group of women from the Võro community as they share not just the sauna-based rituals, but also their most intimate stories and secrets within the shelter of one such sauna. The result is a journey of cleansing, healing and solidarity.

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Festivals:

Sundance Film Festival 2023
CPH:DOX 2023
San Francisco International Film Festival 2023
Sheffield DocFest 2023
IFI Documentary Festival 2023
International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2023
Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2023

Awards:

Winner - Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2023

Winner - McBaine Documentary Feature Award, San Francisco International Film Festival 2023

‘This is a place of cleansing, not just of the body but so much more as this non-intrusive but immersive film gradually reveals.’

★★★★ - Eye For Film

‘This is a film that weaves a spell, the camera resting often not on the woman talking but on the person listening to her, thereby creating the impression of a universal experience of women.’

★★★★ - The Guardian