The darkness of a smoke sauna becomes an intimate space for female togetherness, giving the women room not just to indulge in traditional sauna-based rituals (included on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list) but also to share their innermost secrets and intimate experiences. Washing off the shame trapped in their bodies and regaining their strength through a sense of communion, a hotbox becomes a place of healing.
World Documentary Directing Award, Sundance 2023
In Estonian, Seto, Võro with English subtitles.
Content advisory: Themes of sexual abuse, miscarriage