April 3, 2013 | by Steve Charing
Trans themes at Jewish film festival
Melting Away, Israel, gay news, Washington Blade

Melting Away‘ follows a trans entertainer in Israel.

As part of the Baltimore Jewish Community Center’s (JCC) 25th anniversary celebration of the William and Irene Weinberg Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, the Israeli film “Melting Away” will be presented on April 25. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills, Md.

Hen Yanni, the film’s lead actress, and transgender activist Dr. Dana Beyer will be guest speakers.

The movie’s plot begins with Assaf’s parents discovering women’s clothing under his mattress, and the teen is forced to move out. Assaf becomes a woman, Anna, singing at gay bars in Tel Aviv at night and pretending to be a nurse by day. Anna’s mother searches for her “son” after her husband is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Tickets are $10 and are available in advance at both the Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC and the Weinberg Park Heights JCC cashier’s desks or $12 at the door. A wine and cheese reception will take place prior to the film at 6:30 p.m. at the Gordon Center lobby. The reception is free but a $5 donation is requested.

The Jewish Community Center is an educational, cultural and recreational agency supported by THE ASSOCIATED:  Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. For more information, contact Sara Shvartzman at sshvartzman@jcc.org or visit baltimorejff.com.

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