Paper Dolls

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After closing the border to Palestinian workers, Israeli authorities sought to fill gaps in the job market by encouraging emigrant workers from other parts of the world. Among those who answered the call were Filipinos in various stages of gender transition. These individuals who see themselves in a female persona, shunned by their families and communities at home, build new lives in Israel as caregivers for elderly, orthodox Jewish men, many of whom come to look upon them as substitute children. On their nights off, the workers perform as a drag queen ensemble, "Paper Dolls," in Tel Aviv nightclubs. Although the troupe's members enjoy Israel's liberal atmosphere, they are still outsiders and are always treated as such. Tomer Heymann's moving documentary explores the role of immigrant worker in Western culture, and delves into the lives of societal outcasts seeking freedom and acceptance, however tenuous.


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The transsexuals muddle through, finding their way on the planet in a manner that can only provoke awe, no matter how silly their lifestyle will look to some.

Oct 13, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Paper Dolls, which tracks a group of [...] workers through their day jobs and drag act, is far from a chronicle of misery.

Oct 11, 2006

Heymann brings to Paper Dolls not only an engaging poignancy and depth but also a powerful universality.

Oct 6, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Although the 'weird' factor is very much in play here, director Tomer Heymann does a fine job of peeking behind the curtain and discovering real humanity at work.

Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Moving tale of two groups of people who have found a common emotional ground.

Sep 27, 2006

Sad, sweet and oddly inspirational.

Sep 20, 2006

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