Harriet and Lisa, one of whom is gay and Jewish while the other is neither, began their journey in Israel last year.
The pair integrated themselves into the LGBTQ community in Tel Aviv and saw the difference between life there and in Jerusalem, where not long ago the Pride march had to be held indoors due to violence from the ultra orthodox community. They have since made very intimate and established relationships within the community and returned in the Summer of 2014 to continue their fascinating journey into a country which is continually diverse and complex.
Israel is a haven for the Jewish people and also, increasingly, a haven for the gay community. It’s governed by Orthodox civil law and yet it hosts the world’s biggest gay pride. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement say this is a cynical marketing ploy, not a political awakening.
Investigating these claims, A Queer Country takes us on an extraordinary journey into Israel’s bohemia and the social revolution that’s challenging the foundations of the Jewish state.