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Garden

Israeli filmmakers Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz spent a year following two teenage hustlers for this 2003 video documentary about runaways in Tel Aviv's gay sex-trade district, known as Electricity Garden. Nino, a Palestinian refugee from the occupied territories, spends most of the film trying to avoid jail, while Dudu, his best friend, slides deeper into drug addiction. Their resilience despite hunger, eviction, legal scrapes, and violent johns is touching, as is the support of their social workers and frustrated attorneys. Particularly candid scenes featuring Nino's chief patron, an aging Israeli homosexual, reflect the filmmakers? skill and empathy. In Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles. 90 min.

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