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On My Way Out / Almost Liam

Presented by the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival as part of One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
7:00pm – 9:00pm
West Hollywood City Council Chambers
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069


On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi - LA Premiere!
Directed by Brandon Gross, Skyler Gross
Documentary/USA/2017/40 minutes

All families have secrets. Having survived the Holocaust and tragically lost family members, Roman and Ruth Blank, affectionately known as Nani and Popi have been married for 60 years. They raised a family in America and built a successful business. Now at age 95, a deeply-held secret is revealed: Popi is gay, and finally free to explore his identity and seek the companionship he craves. But the revelation is not without repercussions as the news deeply impacts Nani, and their daughters scramble to understand their parents in a new light. The film, created by the grandsons is awkwardly humorous at moments, and filled with tenderness, but one thing is clear; love is complicated. Q&A with filmmaker Brandon Gross

Almost Liam - US Premiere!
Directed by Sapir Rokach
Documentary short/Israel/2018/28 minutes

Raised in an Orthodox Jewish family, Liam came out as transgender while he was serving as a woman soldier in the IDF. In this film, which includes his private videos documenting some of the most profound changes that he undergoes in body and mind, Liam reflects on his journey and takes leave of his family before emigrating to Germany, where he will undergo irreversible surgery.  

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