Oriented (2012): Gay Israeli Cinema

Oriented is a documentary, by Jake Witzenfeld making his feature debut, about three gay Palestinian friends in their 20s living in Tel Aviv.

Initially released in June 2015 at the Sheffield Documentary Festival.

A modern tale of the trials and tribulations of being gay in society, it chronicles the difficulties of being gay for Palestinian men and how the issue clashes with Islamic doctrine.

The three best friends form a group called ‘Qambuta,’ hoping to bring about change through exposure to their unique sexual and national identities.

Out in the Dark (2013)

Another politically provocative tale, Out in the Dark tells the story of an Israeli lawyer who falls for a Palestinian psychology student.

The film was released in 2012 at the Haifa Film Fest. The film, a directorial debut for Michael Mayer, portrays the political complications of an Israeli falling in love with a Palestinian in the West Bank and the inevitable problems of being gay in a conservative Muslim society.

Cupcakes (2013)

In a different genre from the celebrated Eytan Fox, director of Yossi and JaggerCupcakes is a sweet comedy of a group of five friends in Tel Aviv who enter the Eurovision Song Contest as a joke. They are shocked to find out that their entry was accepted. The film follows the LGBT-friendly group as they go forward with the initial joke that is now taken seriously by each member for different personal reasons.

Paper Dolls (2006)

Paper Dolls is a documentary about the lives of transgender Filipinos who have come to Israel to work as care-workers for elderly Jewish Orthodox men.

The documentary Paper Dolls (in Hebrew Boobot Niyar) was released in 2006 by director Tomer Heymann.

Shot over a long five-year period, it played in a variety of international film festivals.

Yossi (2012)

A sequel to Eytan Fox’s Yossi and Jagger, Yossi follows the title character’s life his encounter with Jagger ten years earlier. Yossi is a 34-year-old cardiologist trying to cope with his traumatic past and his present. The film was released in 2012 and is Fox’s fifth feature film.