2001 | 57 MIN.
Hebrew, Arabic
Israel

It Kinda Scares Me synopsis

It Kinda Scares Me

The film follows the turbulent and transformative relationship between Tomer, a young drama coach, and a group of tough, troubled teenage-boys as they work together to create a theatrical play about the boys' lives.

synopsis

It Kinda Scares Me is a documentary about a drama coach and the “delinquent” boys he teaches. In their world, bravado is everything and Friday nights are for getting into fights. Tomer Heymann, both filmmaker and drama coach, encourages the boys to create something from their pain and marginalization, while they struggle in rehearsals to preserve their much-prized Israeli machismo. When Tomer announces to the group that he is gay, they are shocked, but his commitment to their play wins the day as they prepare for a performance that will give voice to the lives of disaffected Israeli youth.

credits

Director: TOMER HEYMANN
Producer: HAGAI LEVI, TOMER HEYMANN
Cinematographer: OREN YAKOBOVICH
Editors: IDO MOCHRIK
Music: BERRY SACHAROF
Researchers: TALI SHAMIR-WERZBERGER

With the support of :  
New Israeli Foundation for TV & Radio/Channel 8 Israel/The Second Authority for TV & Radio

synopsis

It Kinda Scares Me is a documentary about a drama coach and the “delinquent” boys he teaches. In their world, bravado is everything and Friday nights are for getting into fights. Tomer Heymann, both filmmaker and drama coach, encourages the boys to create something from their pain and marginalization, while they struggle in rehearsals to preserve their much-prized Israeli machismo. When Tomer announces to the group that he is gay, they are shocked, but his commitment to their play wins the day as they prepare for a performance that will give voice to the lives of disaffected Israeli youth.

FESTIVALS & AWARDS
  • Best Documentary – The Film and Television Academy Awards, Israel
  • Best Documentary  – Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Best Documentary – Haifa International Film Festival
  • Merit Prize – Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival
  • Audience Award & Best Documentary – the 17th International Turin G&L Film Festiva
  • Audience Award – Israfest NY
  • Special Jury Mention – Milan Gay&Lesbian Film Festival
  • Hot Docs International Film Festival
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
Director's Notes

“This is the first film I’ve directed. In this film, I’ve documented a period of three years, during which I’ve been instructing a group of endangered youth. The encounter with such young boys exposed me to a reality I was not aware of, a harsh reality of violence, poverty and isolation. While we were working together on  a show, the boys started opening up to me and sharing their thoughts and dilemmas regarding adolescence. In light of their openness, I’ve also started to undergo  a personal  process of opening up out of respect for them and for myself, and as the result of this newfound maturity I also came out of the closet.

The film is a sensitive story of growing up, both of myself and the boys, in the Israeli reality.”

– Tomer Heymann

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