Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2003
Country: ISRAEL
Run Time: 85 minutes

Over the course of one year, the filmmakers follow two young men who make their home in a desolate place called The Garden in downtown Tel Aviv. It's where young gay prostitutes and drug addicts gather. Nino, a 17-year-old Palestinian living illegally in Israel, is in and out of jail and reformatories. Dudu, an Arab-Israeli, is heavily into drugs. Both have experienced abuse by family members and cling together for survival on the street. They gave the filmmakers extraordinary access to their daily lives and frequent ups and downs, resulting in a powerfully honest film that also gives Nino and Dudu the respect and dignity no one else will offer. Their struggles are set against the much larger Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the dividing lines aren't so clear. More than anything, GARDEN is a film about the elusive meaning of home (In Hebrew and Arabic with Engish Subtitles)

Ruthie Shatz, Adi Barash

Adi Barash

Janos Billeskov Jansen

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