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A look into the lives of teenage male prostitutes working the area known as the "Electricity Garden" in Tel Aviv.

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The Garden is a desolate section of Tel Aviv where young gay prostitutes and drug addicts gather. It's a territory for the dispossessed (the irony of its name not lost on anyone who enters or escapes) and for pickups, drug deals, and clashes with the law. Over the course of one year, filmmakers Ruthie Shatz and Adi Barash follow two young men who have made the Garden their home: Nino, a 17-year-old Palestinian living illegally in Israel, in and out of jail and reformatories; and Dudu, an Arab-Israeli self- destructing under the debilitation of drug addiction. The young men give Shatz and Barash tremendous access into the most intimate aspects of their lives. The filmmakers, ever mindful of the trust they have earned, create a powerfully honest film, affording Nino and Dudu respect and dignity all too often denied them in their daily lives. Against the backdrop of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the unease and ridicule still directed toward homosexuals, the two friends depend on ... Written by Anonymous

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20 June 2004 | by (the lower depths) – See all my reviews

This "documentary" has a pretty exploitative feel to it to me.

You see a bunch of f**ked up street dudes acting out for the camera. So? They have gunshot wounds & torture scars which they show off in a casual way. So? They talk about sex & boredom & meaningless lives & being caught by the Palestinian secret police. So? They are put in the Tel Aviv jail & call out on their cell phones.

So? They never seem to be without cell phones. Homeless, yes, phoneless, no. So? This all looks like agitprop Drugstore Cowboy. Life meets art meets life meets art. When's it stop?


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