Lev, age 54, is the father of six children, divorced; and gay. And yet, since he is a member of an ultra-Orthodox community in Jerusalem, and in line with the expectations of those around him, he wants to marry a woman again and has, for years, been attending so-called conversion therapies. Just like he does, the therapists come from the US and hope to convert their would-be patients with the help of subtle means and supposedly kind intentions. This makes it difficult for the participants, already engaged in a struggle with their own identity, to counter the manipulation and accept their sexual orientation. His ultra-Orthodox family puts additional pressure on 23-year-old Ben, and he fears, above all, emotional avoidance on the part of his father. What effect will the "therapy" have on them? How will the inner struggle between a desire for emancipation and the need for acceptance in their home communities end? Ultimatelz, it is the younger of the two men who breaks free through a combination of critical research on conversation therapy and inner reflection and thus, against all the odds, openly embraces his identity.
Text: Kira Taszman
English: Peter Rickerby