Film chronicles Israel’s gay revolution

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From 1985 to the present day, Israel’s gay community has undergone dramatic changes.

A film chronicling how the community found its feet will be shown during the UK Jewish Film Festival this week in London.

Gay Days will be screened on Thursday evening at the ICA in central London, followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director Yair Qedar and human rights activist Peter Tatchell. The panel will be chaired by Benjamin Cohen, Channel 4 News correspondent and publisher of

The 1999 film shows the evolution of the LGBT rights movement in Israel since 1985.

It is billed as a personal story told through the eyes of Mr Qedar, who edited the Jewish LGBT paper The Pink Times. It shows the rapid increase in the number of openly LGBT people in Israeli society.

Using archive materials from television, film and home videos alongside photographs and extracts from Yair’s own diary, the film tells intimate, moving and humorous stories of the fight for equality through the movement’s key players, shedding light on their personal struggles as well those of the movement in general.

Contributors include partners Gal Uchovsky and Eytan Fox, Ellyot, Amalia Ziv, and Amit Kama.

The screening begins at 8.54pm. Tickets can be booked here. is media-sponsor of this screening, in association with ENGAYJE.