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Paper Dolls

After closing the border to Palestinian workers, Israeli authorities enticed foreigners to fill gaps in the job market. Filipinos in various stages of gender transition came as caregivers to elderly, orthodox Jewish men. These individuals who see themselves in a female persona, shunned by their families and communities at home, build new lives in Israel. 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. Directed by Tomer Heymann. 2006. 80 min.