Paper Dolls

Institute History


"Paper Dolls" tells the unusual story of five Filipino male nurses who emigrate from Manila to Tel Aviv in 2001. During the day they are private caretakers to orthodox and Chasidic men in the ultra-conservative neighborhood of B’nei Brak, and at night part of a homespun drag queen group, “The Paper Dolls”. Adapted from Tomer Heymann’s award-winning Israeli documentary, "Paper Dolls" looks at these strangers in a strange land, their unique ability to create family far from home and the surprising melding of diverse cultures. The play’s protagonist, a documentary filmmaker, first regards these colorful men as great material for his next movie, but over the course of time, his relationship with them changes his perception of his country, his society and himself.

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