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Good Son, The
Good Son, The
Good Son, The
dir. Shirly Berkovitz, Israel, 2013, 52 mins
Section: Heroes Are Among Us  ·  Competition: Magic Hour Award
Screening times
May 15 21:00, Kinoteka 2
May 16 14:00, Kinoteka 2
May 18 12:00, Kinoteka 2
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About the film

This is the incredible story of Or Bar, a 22-year-old Israeli man secretly saving for sex reassignment surgery in Thailand. Or’s own home videos make up the first part of the film, which starts with him attempting to persuade his parents to lend him $12,000, ostensibly so he can study at Oxford. Struck by loneliness and a terrible sense of guilt, Or counts the days until his departure from Tel Aviv. The second section of the film starts with the flight to Bangkok, where director Shirly Berkovitz captures Or’s first steps in her new life as a woman. We see her recovering from the operation, adopting a new identity, talking with fellow transgender people, on an emotional outing to a karaoke bar. Back in Tel Aviv, she must face her family and the price of seeking her true identity. This is an exciting tale about fear, self-doubt, willpower, and the importance of family and being able to be who you are.


Reżyseria/Directed by: Shirly Berkovitz
Zdjęcia/Cinematography by: Shirly Berkovitz
Produkcja/Production: Shirly Berkovitz, Noam Pinchas; Berkovitz Films, Laughing Buddha Films

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