Cause of Death: Homophobia | Chicago Reader

Cause of Death: Homophobia

This absorbing video (2003, 51 min., in Hebrew with subtitles) considers the Israeli phenomenon of gay men murdered by their consorts—more than 50 such crimes in the past two decades. Director Ran Kotzer investigates the links between ancient and modern prohibitions against sodomy, a macho ethos that favors the penetrator, and a veil of silence (perpetrators deny they're gay, while bereaved families hush up the victims' homosexuality). The power dynamic is further complicated when middle-class Israelis are slain by Arab hustlers. Also on the program is Stephen MacLean and Ebsen Storm's video The Tasty Bust Reunion (2003, 52 min.), about a 1994 police raid on one of Melbourne's hottest gay clubs.

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