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Garden (2003)

Gan (original title)
A look into the lives of teenage male prostitutes working the area known as the "Electricity Garden" in Tel Aviv.


Adi Barash, Ruthie Shatz


Ruthie Shatz
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The Garden is a desolate section of Tel Aviv where young gay prostitutes and drug addicts gather. It's a territory for the dispossessed (the irony of its name not lost on anyone who enters or escapes) and for pickups, drug deals, and clashes with the law. Over the course of one year, filmmakers Ruthie Shatz and Adi Barash follow two young men who have made the Garden their home: Nino, a 17-year-old Palestinian living illegally in Israel, in and out of jail and reformatories; and Dudu, an Arab-Israeli self- destructing under the debilitation of drug addiction. The young men give Shatz and Barash tremendous access into the most intimate aspects of their lives. The filmmakers, ever mindful of the trust they have earned, create a powerfully honest film, affording Nino and Dudu respect and dignity all too often denied them in their daily lives. Against the backdrop of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and the unease and ridicule still directed toward homosexuals, the two friends depend on ... Written by Anonymous

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an amazing film, a must-see
30 April 2004 | by jalberts28See all my reviews

i saw this film at the 2004 sundance film festival and it was BY FAR AND ABOVE the best documentary i saw at the festival. a fascinating look into the world of two young prostitutes living in tel aviv amidst the backdrop of political unrest and turmoil. this film was beautifully shot and very well edited. the story is a compelling and fascinating meditation on the complexity of these two young boys relationship, the struggles they endure and their ability to cope with addiction, prostitution, homelessness and displacement.

Highly Recommended!!!!!!!

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