Thursday, March 19, 2009
Paper Dolls is the 2005 award winning documentary film by Tomer Heymann about a group of transpinays in Israel.
After closing the border to Palestinian workers during the intifada, Israeli authorities sought to fill gaps in the job market by enticing workers from other parts of the world. Among those who answered the call were transpinays in various stages of their gender transitions who emigrated and worked as home health care workers.
On their one day off they perform at a Tel Aviv night club as a drag troupe called the Paper Dolls.
The award winning film captures their stories in terms of being away from home, being strangers in a strange land and persevering despite their ineligibility for citizenship and living precariously under the threat of visa revocation is they lose their jobs.