MTM On Tour: The Therapy

  • Date: 08 January 15:00 - 17:15
  • Location: Filmhuis Den Haag 

As part of Movies that Matter On Tour, Filmhuis Den Haag will screen the documentary The Therapy on Sunday 8 January at 15:00.

About The Therapy

A first look inside Israeli ‘conversion therapy’. Lev is an Orthodox Jew, determined to overcome his gay feelings. Ben is a student and has been in conversion therapy for years. Now, he’s beginning to doubt the practice. Open, vulnerable portrait of two men struggling to be who they want to be.

After his wife divorced him when she found out he watched gay material on the Internet, 54-year-old Lev went to his rabbi in despair. Even since university, he has tried to get rid of his attraction to men, but it always comes back. His rabbi recommended a conversion therapist. For Lev, who we follow in group sessions and conversations with his therapist. The therapy helps ‘to be who I want to be’. He hopes to become ‘normal’, so he can marry a woman again.

Student Ben (23) was raised in the ultra-Orthodox community. He has been in conversion therapy for seven years and has developed a strong bond with his therapist. But now he’s conducting academic research into the practice and discovers that it’s considered harmful. Slowly, he tries to break away from it. But is he really ready to be proud of the fact that he is gay?

About Movies that Matter On Tour

On Tour is a spin-off of the Movies that Matter Festival. Each year, we select eight great festival titles that we aim to offer a wide platform throughout the country. In cooperation with (currently) seventeen film theatres and local volunteer groups, we screen a film or documentary that matters, every month from October to May. The screenings are accompanied by in-depth programmes and guest speakers arranged by local groups. In this way, we encourage dialogue and broaden perspectives in local contexts.

Language: Dutch

For more information and to get tickets, click here.

Filmhuis Den Haag 

Spui 191
2511 BN The Hague

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