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Film Africa 2017: I Still Hide To Smoke

Friday 3 November
90 mins
From £8.00
to £10.75
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member

what's it all about?

In an Algerian hammam, a group of women converge for a variety of different reasons, from a simple search for fun to an attempt to escape the society in which they live.

tell me more (don't worry, no spoilers)

In the heart of the hammam, mothers, daughters, lovers, virgins, rebels and religious fanatics converge. Some come for the laughter and gossip, some for peace and quiet, and others come to cleanse themselves of the physical and mental traumas suffered at the hands of the patriarchal, fundamentalist society in which they live.

Set against the backdrop of the 1995 Civil War, Rayhana uses the formation of the Greek chorus to display an incredibly important, contemporary indictment of the woman’s role in Algeria.

At a time when few such narratives ever make it to the cinema screen, this is a daring debut from a filmmaker to watch.

Things you need to know:

  • If you choose an e-ticket when booking, the barcode on your smart phone is a ticket. Don't queue at Ground Floor Box Office, just follow the red line on the floor all the way to the cinema!

  • If you don't have a smartphone, collect your ticket at Box Office or print your e-ticket and bring it with you
  • There will be minimum of 5 minutes of trailers before the film begins

Special offers:

  • Mondays mean £6 single tickets or 2 for £10. Select Rich Mix Six when booking online and the discount is applied once you've logged in

  • Monday and Tuesday mean film for £5 for Tower Hamlets residents or Tower Hamlets employees. Simply show an Idea Store or Tower Hamlets library card when booking. Not available online

  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays mean 2 for 1 tickets with Meerkat Movies. It's really easy to get a code, see for details

This event is wheelchair accessible.