‘Huda’s Salon’ Trailer: IFC Film’s Palestinian Political Thriller Gets A Release Date

Many women all over the world view going to the hair salon as a retreat or a relaxing self-care ritual. But in Palestinian director’s Hany Abu-Assad’s political thriller Huda’s Salon, a trip to the hairstylist is a lot more sinister than expected.

In the new trailer from IFC Films, what starts out as a normal haircut complete with gossip and husband-bashing soon turns darker as young mother Reem is drugged by salon owner Huda. She is then taken into a back room where her picture is taken in a compromising position to be used as blackmail.

A political thriller through and through about a woman’s place in war, Huda’s Salon is a jarring film. I saw it last year’s Middleburg Film Festival and left feeling very conflicted.

The official synopsis is as follows:

Reem, a young mother married to a jealous man, goes to Huda’s salon in Bethlehem. But this ordinary visit turns sour when Huda, after having put Reem in a shameful situation, blackmails her to have her work for the secret service of the occupiers, and thus betray her people.

You can catch Huda’s Salon in theaters and on-demand March 4th.

A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.