Strand Releasing | Release Date: September 1, 2006
Summary: After closing the border to Palestinian workers, Israeli authorities sought to fill gaps in the job market by encouraging emigrant workers from other parts of the world. Among those who answered the call were Filipinos in various stages of gender transition. These individuals who see themselves in a female persona, shunned by their families and communities at home, build new lives in Israel as caregivers for elderly, orthodox Jewish men, many of whom come to look upon them as substitute children. On their nights off, the workers perform as a drag queen ensemble, "Paper Dolls," in Tel Aviv nightclubs. Although the troupe's members enjoy Israel's liberal atmosphere, they are still outsiders and are always treated as such. Tomer Heymann's moving documentary explores the role of immigrant worker in Western culture, and delves into the lives of societal outcasts seeking freedom and acceptance, however tenuous. (Strand Releasing)
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Runtime: 80 min
Production: Claudius Films
Genres: Documentary
Countries: USA, Israel, Switzerland
Languages: English, Hebrew, Tagalog
Home Release Date: Mar 13, 2007
Director Credit
Tomer Heymann Director
Writer Credit
Tomer Heymann Writer
Producer Credit
Andrew Herwitz Associate Producer
Claudia Levin Producer
Daniel Miran Producer
Gonen Glaser Producer
Stanley F. Buchthal Producer
Tomer Heymann Producer