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PUBLISHED: 18:56 30 May 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 24 August 2010

by Roxanne Blakelock If you are looking for a quiet night at the pictures with some easy watching this probably is not the film for you. The UK Premiere of Paper Dolls tells the story of five Phillipino transexuals. On their one day off

by Roxanne Blakelock

If you are looking for a quiet night at the pictures with some easy watching this probably is not the film for you.

The UK Premiere of Paper Dolls tells the story of five Phillipino transexuals.

On their one day off each week the 'Dolls' perform as drag artistes, while the rest of their time is spent as carers of elderly religious Jewish men (including rabbis) in Israel.

The 'Paper Dolls,' Jan Jan, Chiqui, Nits and Jojo, are all currently working in care homes and hospitals around London and will attend the screening in costume.

Whilst the director, Tomer Heyman exposes the trauma of this group of illegal workers, he also captures their humanity, charm and good humour even as they work gruelling hours to send money back to their families.

The film won an Israeli Film Academy Award 2006 and the Panorama Audience Award 2006 at the Berlin International Film Festival.

This will be followed by a Q&A with journalist and broadcaster Jason Solomons (Chairman of the Critics' Circle Film Section).

It is part of the Jewish Community Centre for London's summer programme in conjunction with JCORE (Jewish Council for Racial Equality) and the Jewish Film Festival 2009.

Monday, June 8; The Tricycle Theatre at 269 Kilburn High Road; Hebrew with English subtitles. Box office 020 7328 1000.

roxanne.blakelock@archant.co.uk


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