Altneuland: Israeli Queer Cinema Festival

October 23-24, 2010

New York University

53 Washington Square South - First Floor Screening Room

In recent years the Israeli film industry has seen a surge in commercial and critical success both domestically and internationally. As part of this larger phenomenon, many Israeli films engaging with queer issues have also gained international recognition and acclaim.


We invite you to join us for a two-day film festival of Israeli Queer Cinema. The seven movies included at the festival represent some of the finest selections from current Israeli LGBT cinema. From successful features such as Yossi and Jagger and Eyes Wide Open to award winning documentaries including Keep Not Silent and Paper Dolls, these films explore Israeli LGBT community, gendered identities, sexual politics, but also offer a unique perspective and different insights on the state of Israel, its society and culture. At the end of the 2nd day, a panel will be held with the directors of the various films, followed by a queer and tasty reception. 

Day 1
Hazman Havarod (Gay Days) – Yair Qedar
In 1985 there were 3 openly gay people in Israel, yet in 2010 Tel Aviv’s queer culture is one of the most vibrant in the world. This film documents the struggle for equal rights of the Israeli LGBT community in the past 30 years.  71 min (2009)

Et Sheaava Nafshi (Keep Not Silent) – Ilil Alexander
The story of three women fighting for their right to love within their Orthodox Communities in Jerusalem. 52 min (2004)

Yossi & Jagger – Eytan Fox
Two male soldiers fall in love during the first Lebanon war. 67 min (2002)

Hamilchama Hashniya (The Other War) – Tamar Glezerman
A romance evolves between two young women in Tel Aviv during the second Lebanon war. 45 min (2008)

Day 2
Paper Dolls – Tomer Heymann
The exploration of a community of Filipino transvestites who live illegally in Israel. 80 min (2006)

Zirai Kayits (Seeds of Summer) – Hen Lasker
Documentary about Israeli women soldiers examines the issue of lesbian eroticism in the Army. 53 min (2007)

Eynaim Pekuchot (Eyes Wide Open) – Haim Tabakman
A married orthodox man falls in love with a Yeshiva student. 90 min (2009)

Panel:  Yair Qedar (Gay Days director), Tomer Heymann (Paper Dolls director), Tamar Glezerman (The Other War director)

Reception: Wine, cheese, grapes and queer small talk


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