Paper Dolls (2006)

Paper Dolls (2006)

Director Tomer Heymann

Writer Tomer Heymann

Genre Documentary

Year 2006

IMDB : 7.5 (160 votes)


Description Paper Dolls is a documentary film by award winning filmmaker Tomer Heymann about a group of transvestite Filipinos who emigrate to Israel to take care of elderly religious Jewish men. On their one day off per week, they perform as drag performers in a group called the Paper Dolls. On the political level, it explores the perils of global immigration. In this case, after the second Intifada, the Israeli government unofficially opened its doors to illegal workers to replace the Palestinians who were no longer allowed in the country. As tensions with the Palestinians eased, the government changed its policy and began to forcibly deport these foreign guest workers with dramatic consequences for our characters. On the human level, the film is about people who are rejected by their own families for being gay/transvestite and who emigrate and end up with jobs taking care of other people's parents who have been rejected by their own children because they are old, difficult, etc. They work grueling hours to send money back to the Philippines to support the families that have rejected them. As unbelievable as it may seem, these very different people (old religious Jews and transvestites from the Philippines) form very deep, quasi familial bonds.


  • agentbfly 2008-05-13 11:22:03
    my goodness. did really sally passed away? i saw this dokyu in local cable Cinema One. talagang may puso yung dokyu. Actually, it won first place in Berlinale 2000, and was presented in Silverdocs 2006. R.I.P. Sally xoxo
  • niceverdict 2008-02-15 08:52:52
    actually 2 paperdolls passed away...
  • niceverdict 2008-02-13 00:55:40
    tomer's cute... dam! sayang. hehehe kidding...=]
  • niceverdict 2008-02-13 00:54:57
    its not only tita sally who passed away...
  • Gayzha Davao 2008-01-29 06:03:32
    My favorite pinoy Gay Film !!!
  • Khristine Talana 2007-11-21 08:49:18
    hi tomer, it's khristine (ex-focal magazine) producer of Queen of the world 2002. (david intercontinental hotel) call me, re: SAlly very important!! if you have photos of sally please email me at ones!!! 0524080878
  • gilbrad guifaya 2007-11-21 08:29:55
    i really appreciate this documentary .... it's really the best documentary i witnessed in my whole life...Mr. Tomer Heymann is really very good in making this amazing documentary film...
  • bibeboink 2007-11-20 15:54:30
    This film will be shown tomorrow in our university. i'm excited.

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