Chosen Families: Tomer Heymann

November 13 - 29, 2019

Pera Film presents a retrospective selection of the films of Tomer Heymann, a documentary producer and director whose films focus exclusively on the human in their search for truth.

The program Chosen Families: Tomer Heymann focuses on the director’s six documentary films that explore with an honest and sensitive perspective the concept of family, the ones we are born in and the ones we choose, and the feelings that arise from being together.

The program includes It Kinda Scares Me, which focuses on the power of gender and mutual understanding through the story of an acting coach and his “delinquent” students; Paper Dolls, which explores the evolving models of global migration and the expanding concept of family, and their impacts told through the looking glass of Filipino trans sex workers living illegally in Israel; I Shot My Love, an intimate portrait of love and one’s roots told over the backdrop of Heymann’s meeting of Andreas Merk; The Queen Has No Crown, a poignant meditation on family, loss, and the mental maps of homelessness; Mr. Gaga, a documentary filmed over the course of eight years showcasing a combination of rehearsal footage, never-before-seen collection of archival material, and breathtaking scenes of dance; and finally, Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, the story of Saar Maoz who tries to preserve his true self as he tries to find his way in two very different worlds.

Tomer Heymann was born in Kfar Yedidia in Israel in 1970 and has directed many documentary films and series in the past twenty years. His films have been theatrically released around the world, won major awards at different prestigious film festivals including his first film It Kinda Scares Me, making him one of Israel’s most prominent documentary film directors. Tomer Heymann teaches at several film schools in Israel and is currently engaged in several ongoing projects.

This program’s screenings are free admissions. Drop in, no reservations. As per legal regulations, all our screenings are restricted to persons over 18 years of age, unless stated otherwise.

November 13

19:00 Mr. Gaga

November 14

19:00 Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

November 20

19:00 Mr. Gaga

November 21

19:00 It Kinda Scares Me

November 22

19:00 I Shot My Love

21:00 Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

November 23

15:00 Paper Dolls

November 24

15:00 The Queen Has No Crown

November 27

19:00 It Kinda Scares Me

November 28

19:00 Paper Dolls

November 29

19:00 I Shot My Love

21:00 The Queen Has No Crown

It Kinda Scares Me

It Kinda Scares Me

Paper Dolls

Paper Dolls

I Shot My Love

I Shot My Love

The Queen Has No Crown

The Queen Has No Crown

Mr. Gaga

Mr. Gaga

Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

Program Trailer

Chosen Families: Tomer Heymann

The program Chosen Families: Tomer Heymann focuses on the director’s six documentary films that explore with an honest and sensitive perspective the concept of family, the ones we are born in and the ones we choose, and the feelings that arise from being together.

Director Tomer Heymann in Conversation

Director Tomer Heymann in Conversation

Pera Film presents a retrospective selection of the films of Tomer Heymann, a documentary producer and director whose films focus exclusively on the human in their search for truth. The program Chosen Families: Tomer Heymann focuses on the director’s six documentary films that explore with an honest and sensitive perspective the concept of family, the ones we are born in and the ones we choose, and the feelings that arise from being together.

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