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Paper Dolls is a documentary film by award winning filmmaker Tomer Heymann about a group of transvestite Filipinos who emigrate to Israel to take care of elderly religious Jewish men. On ... See full summary »



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Paper Dolls is a documentary film by award winning filmmaker Tomer Heymann about a group of transvestite Filipinos who emigrate to Israel to take care of elderly religious Jewish men. On their one day off per week, they perform as drag performers in a group called the Paper Dolls. On the political level, it explores the perils of global immigration. In this case, after the second Intifada, the Israeli government unofficially opened its doors to illegal workers to replace the Palestinians who were no longer allowed in the country. As tensions with the Palestinians eased, the government changed its policy and began to forcibly deport these foreign guest workers with dramatic consequences for our characters. On the human level, the film is about people who are rejected by their own families for being gay/transvestite and who emigrate and end up with jobs taking care of other people's parents who have been rejected by their own children because they are old, difficult, etc. They work ... Written by Anonymous

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26 October 2006 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Bonecas da Papel  »

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$36,089 (USA) (15 December 2006)

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Earnest approach to documenting the life of outsiders
10 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Paper Dolls is a candid approach to documenting the life of a group of transsexual Filipino immigrants in Tel Aviv. The director, a gay man himself, does not conceal his bias and prejudice when he introduces and interviews the main characters of his film. It is very interesting and sweet witnessing how he sheds his own homophobia (tranniephobia, should we say?) and develops respect and affection towards the Paper Dolls. The social clashes shown in this movie are deep: Religion, Class, Ethnicity, and Sexuality. This group of pre-op trannsexuals strive to integrating into mainstream society by being accepted and succeed as artists. Nevertheless, they are not willing to compromise their identity nor become exotic attractions. At the end of the movie, the conflicts and contradictions won't disappear. It will be their strong emotional ties, the ties of an alternative family, what will make the Paper Dolls survive while confronting the harsh reality of living as an outsider... On a side note, put attention during the opening tittles to the sweet rendition of "Que Sera, Sera", sang by Brazilian glory Caetano Veloso.

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