Gay Days


A wonderful compilation of interviews, archive film and television, music and photographs which tell the story of the beginnings of the gay revolution which took place in Israel from 1985 into the 1990s, as a generation came out and created their own society.

This engaging documentary covers a new wave of openness for gays in Israel which began in 1985. Using archive footage from television, art house cinema and home movies alongside rare photographs we discover the stories behind this sexual and cultural revolution. Director Yair Qedar had an insider's view of events through his editorship of The Pink Times throughout the late 80s and into the 90s. The film is mainly set in Tel Aviv and shows how a remarkable coalition of academics, journalists, film-makers, sex workers, transsexuals, singers, politicians and activists helped to change lives. This impressive account of a multi-faceted campaign for equal rights features interviews with many of the key players including a nuclear scientist who came out on television, human rights activists and festival favourite film-maker Eytan Fox, whose ground-breaking television series Florentine symbolises this new mood of sexual defiance. It is a powerful reminder that freedoms have to be fought for. BR
Yair Qedar
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