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Army of Lovers in the Holy Land – Virtual Film Talk with Asaf Galay and Jean-Pierre Barda

September 20, 2020—3:00 pm4:00 pm

SUN—September 20—3 PM (EDT)

Director Asaf Galay and Army of Lovers frontman Jean-Pierre Barda join us for an online discussion on the new documentary Army of Lovers in the Holy Land, available as virtual cinema from Scandinavia House beginning September 11.

Thirty years after the hit Swedish queer disco-pop band Army of Lovers launched into international stardom,  Jean-Pierre Barda embarked on a new chapter as he uprooted his existence in Sweden to move to Israel at the age of 50. Director Asaf Galay joined him as he traded his lifelong home and community to begin a new adventure of rollerblading through the streets of Tel Aviv, meeting passionate Israeli men, and exploring his Jewish identity in a new context.

In tonight’s event, they’ll discuss the making of the film as well as many of the topics explored within it, such as home, identity, family, and pull of Aliyah (immigration to Israel).

Please send audience questions ahead of the discussion to Select questions will be chosen for a Q&A following the conversation. Registration is required; please sign up at the link above.

General admission Virtual Cinema tickets to the film are now on sale here.


Asaf Galay is an acclaimed international film director, with a passion for stories on Jewish subjects that illuminate the human condition. His most recent documentaries include Army of Lovers in the Holy Land (2018) and The Adventures of Saul Bellow (for 2020 broadcast on American Masters).

His film The Hebrew Superhero (2015) was described by Tablet magazine as “supremely entertaining,” on the subject of comics in Israel. The Muses of Bashevis Singer (2014) opened the New York Jewish Film Festival, and his feature film on the Israeli poet Nathan Alterman (Sentimentality Allowed, 2012), is used in schools throughout Israel.

In addition to his acclaimed film and television career, Galay is museum curator at Beit Hatfutsot, the Museum for the Jewish People located in Tel Aviv. He is head curator of exhibits on Bob Dylan (Forever Young), Jewish Humor (Laughing at History), Jewish fashion designers (Dream Weavers), and Amy Winehouse (Amy Winehouse – A Family Portrait).


September 20, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm