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Director Michael Lucas' film 'Undressing Israel: Gay Men In The Promised Land' to screen June 19 at UM

On Thursday, June 19, please join me at University of Miami's Bill Cosford Cinema for the Florida premiere of Michael Lucas' film, Undressing Israel: Gay Men In The Promised Land.

After the free screening, presented by the Miami Jewish Film Festival, I will conduct an online Q&A with Lucas, the controversial gay porn maker.

Here are details from Miami Jewish Film Festival:

Florida Premiere Presentation of Undressing Israel

Miami, FL – Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF), a program of the Center for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), is proud to present with Bill Cosford Cinema the Florida Premiere of Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land on Thursday, June 19 at 7:30pm at Bill Cosford Cinema. The special event will be hosted by Steve Rothaus, Miami Herald’s staff writer covering LGBT issues in South Florida for two decades, who will introduce the film and moderate a Q&A session with the film’s director, Michael Lucas. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to be partnering with Bill Cosford Cinema for the Florida Premiere of Undressing Israel, and look forward to continuing to feature programs that help enrich our community," said MJFF Director Igor Shteyrenberg. "Miami Jewish Film Festival’s first participation in LGBT Pride Month underscores that integrity and respect remain cornerstones of our Festival. With the support of the Festival’s Chair, Mark Kravitz, and our Committee, we are broadening the appeal of MJFF to represent all Jewish voices.”

Undressing Israel examines a side of the Holy Land that is too often overlooked: its thriving gay community. Featuring interviews with a diverse group of Israelis, including a gay member of Israel’s parliament, a trainer who served openly in the Israel Defense Forces, a young Arab-Israeli journalist, and a pair of fathers raising their kids, the film provides unique insight into Israel’s welcoming and vibrant culture. Director Michael Lucas also visits Tel Aviv’s nightlife scene—and even attends a same-sex wedding—in this guided tour of a country that has emerged as a pioneer for gay integration and equality.

For more information, please visit miamijewishfilmfestival.org or call 305-573-7304.

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