GAY GEZUNT! LGBTQIA+ SPOTLIGHT: Architect Ben thinks of himself as a socially progressive, enlightened gay man. But an interaction with neighbors in his gritty south Tel Aviv neighborhood challenges his view of himself in this smartly crafted, multilayered satire about racial privilege, xenophobia, and identity. NOTE: Screens In Person + Virtually: Streaming window is 48 hrs after hit "play" and expires Sun. March 26 at 11:59pm.
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Things are going well for Ben and Raz, a well-to-do gay couple in Tel Aviv. After buying a renovated apartment in an up-and-coming migrant neighborhood, they begin to seek a surrogate to help them start a family. Their attempt to create a cozy life is disrupted when Ben plants a sapling on the sidewalk to beautify his new street. The tree soon becomes a source of conflict, and when matters turn physical, Ben gets the police involved. The situation thrusts internal prejudices to the surface, racking Ben with guilt and forcing him to grapple with his complicity in this comedic parable about gentrification, privilege, inclusion, and tolerance.
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