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Queerguru’s Ris Fatah reviews the Israeli speedo clad drama THE SWIMMER

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  Erez, a talented young Israeli swimmer, is one of five swimmers selected for a special residential training camp. The swimmers are in competition with each other and the winner will be chosen to join the Israeli Olympic swimming team. Erez (Omer Perelman) meets the beautiful, muscular Nevo (Asaf Jonas), a fellow swimmer at the … Continue reading



Kiss Me Kosher : a lesbian rom-com

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    Israeli filmmaker Shirel Peleg  debut feature is full of good intentions but cannot avoid tripping over itself with its overabundance of cliches that tests one’s patience far too much before the final credits roll. What starts out as a lesbian rom-com between an unlikely pair of women turns into a comic farce that … Continue reading



Marry Me However : when closeted religious Jews try to play ‘straight’

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  The sheer joy (if joy is the correct description) of excellent queer documentaries like “Marry Me However” is that it helps bring a greater understanding how of the struggles of accepting one’s sexuality in some parts of the world causes such unimaginable problems.  In this case Israeli director  (Rabbi) Mordechai Vardi’s intriguing film outlines … Continue reading



From Queerguru archives : A MATTER OF SIZE a 2009 Israeli ‘coming out movie’ of a different kind

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  Herzi (Itzik Cohen) is a very likable obese man, living in a small town in Israel, who gets mad when he is thrown out of his Dieting Club by its skinny tyrannical leader who calls him a whale cos he is actually putting on weight.  To make matters worse,  he then gets fired from … Continue reading



Black Hats are The New Black

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  You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy the thoroughly entertaining award-winning Israeli award winning series The New Black , but it does help. Set in an upscale Yeshiva in Jerusalem, the story is about four young ‘shababnicks’.  This we soon learn is a term for a young ultra-Orthodox person who leaves his or … Continue reading



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