Gay Days (2009)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  Hazman Havarod

Israel, 2009Norma Productions.  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Film Editing by .  

Director Yair Qedar takes us back a couple of decades to the years during which he was a young gay man in Israel, and chronicles the nation’s hard-fought battles for gay and lesbian rights. Interviewing friends who all lived through the times and blessed with a rich collection of footage taken on video cameras, the film captures the birth of a political movement and its struggle throughout the years to gain legitimacy and break ground. Not one to proselytize, however, Qedar also looks back at these times with a lot of nostalgia and very little regret; having something to fight for made everything exciting and important in a way that things don’t seem to be in the current, more tolerant, climate (though it points out that Israel’s general attitude towards GLBTQ rights still has ways to go). There are many stories told in this short but succinct documentary, some tragic and some colourfully fun, and they contribute to the rich mosaic that Qedar oversees with his own personal narrative touch.

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