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THE SHVITZ

USA, 1993 (MIFF 1993, Documentaries)

Director: Jonathan Berman

There are great global traditions about public bathing. The Shvitz, documents the traditional 'Russian' or 'Turkish' steam-baths of New York, and their importance in the city's social structure. Full of intensely New York Jewish humour and warmth, the film is a delightful exploration of a lifestyle that continues to resist the wash of time.

Ivor Bowen

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