#Work in Progress
Tomer Heymann & Barak Heymann
What happens when a popular gay You tuber meets an ultra-orthodox Jewish woman in one of Israel's most conservative neighbourhoods? How does a Russian woman, mother of one of the most well-known Youtubers in Israel, respond to her son hosting a Muslim, vegan feminist at their home? In their new web-series, The Heymann Brothers (MR. GAGA, Who's Gonna Love Me Now?) bring together eight social activists with the most famous and influential You tubers in Israel. The encounter of these two worlds presents an interesting, surprising angle on Israeli society and its many challenges, and sheds light on people's ability to connect in spite of their differences.
Since establishing the Heymann Brothers Films production company, Tomer Heymann (Israel, 1970) and Barak Heymann (Israel, 1976), have directed and produced over 20 documentary films and series, some as international co-productions. Tomer and Barak’s carefully selected cinematic projects offer a personalized perspective of the complicated political situation in Israel, and deal with issues of minorities and human rights, appealing both to the local and the international documentary markets. Their films premiered in numerous festivals worldwide (such as BERLINALE, IDFA, LOS ANGELES INT’L FILM FESTIVAL, DOKLEIPZIG, BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, SHEFFIELD and HOTDOCS), won prestigious awards and were theatrically released around the world. Several retrospectives have been dedicated to the Heymann Brothers in recent years – in New York, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Tel Aviv and more. Tomer and Barak both teach in several film schools in Israel and are currently engaged in a number of ongoing international co-productions.