May 11, 2016 – NEW YORK: Filmmaker, entrepreneur and columnist Michael Lucas will release his 2013 documentary, Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land, for free viewing online beginning Thursday, May 12, in celebration of Israel’s 68th Independence Day. The film is also currently available on Amazon Video for $12.99.
Lucas is making the film available in response to what he calls “the global demonization of Israel and the widespread disinformation campaign about the only country in the Middle East where gay people enjoy equality and safety.” Lucas believes that Israel’s "enlightened, progressive attitudes about the LGBT community" can serve as "a model for the world."
Although Tel Aviv was named “the world’s best gay travel destination” by GayCities.com and American Airlines in 2011, Lucas is concerned that many gays who’ve never been to Israel think of it as a religious country that is constantly in turmoil. The reality, as Undressing Israel makes clear, is quite different. The filmmakers attend a joyous same-sex wedding, interview a gay member of Israel’s parliament, speak with a gay Muslim Arab-Israeli journalist, visit vibrant nightclubs and meet gay couples and their children. The film also features revealing, funny and moving conversations with a wide array of LGBT Israelis, including one of Israel’s best-known “out” personalities, Eliad Cohen, a former combat soldier once featured on the cover of the Spartacus International Gay Guide and now considered Tel Aviv’s hottest party promoter.
Undressing Israel has a running time of 46 minutes and will be streamed for free at www.MichaelLucas.com.