The Child Within Me


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Yehuda Poliker, one of Israel’s musical giants – in a retrospective meeting of his own life – stares calmly into the camera; sometimes with longing, sometimes with regret, but mostly lovingly. He watches rare archival footage, some of which are never before seen family home-videos. At times, he joins in on the guitar, accompanying that same stuttering, insecure young man looking back at him from the screen, or his parents singing Greek songs, and sometimes, he just sits silently and reminisces.
In conversation between then and now, in conversation with his friend for the past 40 years, Eti Aneta Segev, images from Poliker’s life join one another, while his touching music plays in the background. The images spark memories that transport us freely between the different junctures of his life.

Transgenders International Mix

Growing old, self discovery, parenting, work, police brutality.
Five fascinating short films from Singapore, Italy, Peru and USA that showcase aspects of the life of transgender people from all around the world.
Duration: 80 minutes

Queer Docu Shorts


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Three fascinating films that bring unusual stories from all corners of the world.
A visit to Italy and a meeting with a colorful and unique community. The surprising story of South Korea’s erotic film theatres and a meeting with a multisexual nudist community.
Duration: 100 minutes

Lesbian International Mix 2

In China a lesbian has to fake a relationship with a gay man, meetings in museums and on trains turn into love stories, a search for a beloved sex toy, a daughter’s dilemma of how to come out to her mother and also, eggs.
Lesbian stories from China, Mexico, Spain, UK and Ukraine.
Duration: 80 minutes

International Drag Shorts

A set of unique and colorful short films celebrating the art of drag and the artists behind the make-up.
This mix contains films from Argentina, USA, Taiwan, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.
Duration: 80 minutes

An Afternoon with Patrick Sarfati

An Afternoon with Patrick Sarfati” is exactly what it sounds like.
After a year of meetings and bonding, filmmaker Anthony Hickling and photographer Patrick Sarfati make the move. The moment of truth has arrived, getting a camera into the living room of the legendary stills photographer that began to document the LGBTQ community back in 1979 and focused mainly on LGBTQ artists and cultural icons. Sarfati’s living room is a stunning archive of photos from many decades, portraits of celebrities that hide fascinating stories and amusing anecdotes that he shares with glee. With some of his subject Patrick had a friendly relationships and sometimes even beyond – Keith Haring, Jeanne Moreau, Coccinelle, Bette Davis, Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Roland Barthes, James Baldwin, Tom of Finland, Jean-Claude Van Damme and many more.
This is an intimate meeting with a very colorful and fascinating character that you’d love to spend an afternoon with.

Narrow Path to Happiness

Gergo and Lénárd are a young gay couple with a big dream – to write, direct and star in a musical film based on their lives. But dreams and reality don’t go together. They live in a remote Roma community in the poorest region of Hungary, in a very religious environment where being gay is considered a mortal sin. The two decide to move to Budapest in order to realize their cinematic dream.
The couple soon discovers that life in the big city isn’t easy either – they have to work backbreaking jobs while dealing with the rise of LGBTQphobia in Hungary. For the first time in their lives they visit a Pride Parade and demonstrations. While Gergo attempts to start a singing career, the two give an interview to the local press and become local celebrities. But only meetings with a screenwriting student give them hope for the future. Following the sudden death of Gergo’s mother they will have to go back to the community they’ve left behind and to the family who turned their backs on them for one final closure.

Director Kata Oláh created an intimate documentary about a hopeful couple with big dreams in a very difficult country.

The Radical

The Radical” is an intimate portrait of the world’s first out gay Imam. Muhsin Hendricks was a Muslim fashion designer in South Africa, who fought to reconcile his faith and his sexuality. He went to Pakistan to study to become an Imam – so that he may better understand Islam. He came out in 1995, after he decided that he must be true to himself and the world, and founded the first gay mosque in Cape Town (one of South Africa’s three capitals) that later turned into the world’s Muslim queer network. After becoming an establishment in South Africa, Hendricks decided to try and help communities in east Africa who live in countries with anti-LGBTQ laws.
The Radical” is a glimpse into the world of Muhsin Hendricks and the fight he heads for equality and individual safety. This is a film that is much more than just a portrait of Hendricks and a visit to different African countries – this is an inspiring cinematic manifesto on activism.



In association with the New Israeli Fund

Commitment to Life

A fascinating and moving documentary that dives deeply into the real and complicated story of the Los Angeles fight against HIV/AIDS. This film was created by the legendary documentary director Jeffrey Schwarz, who had many of his films showcased at the TLVfest in the past, such as “I Am Divine”, “Boulevard! A Hollywood Story” and “Vito”. This film presents a thorough research of individuals and organizations that dedicated themselves to finding a cure for AIDS and dealing with the disease in the early 80’s, when the deadly virus began to spread. Doctors, activists and media personalities made major efforts to work in a society that wasn’t ready to accept the reality of this mysterious disease.

This documentary is full of heartbreaking moments, in-depth interviews and personal stories of celebrities such as Rock Hudson, Elisabeth Taylor and David Geffen. The film provides an intensive and extensive view of the influence of a world health crisis on everyone – from the most marginalized communities in Downtown LA to the rich and famous. “Commitment to Life” gives us an eye opening reminder that the fight with HIV/AIDS isn’t over, but at the same time offers a hopeful view of how people can make a profound change when they work together.