Shirly Berkovitz’s documentary "The Good Son" competed with other international films on the theme “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights". The festival promotes human rights awareness in Myanmar through the power of film.

 Israel at Human Rights Film Festival in Yangon


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(Embassy of Israel, Yangon)

An Israeli documentary, "The Good Son" was screened as part of the International Competition section of the Human Rights and Human Dignity International Film Festival held in Yangon, Myanmar from June 14-19, 2015. Film director Shirly Berkovitz, who was in Yangon for the event, answered questions from the audience after the screening.

Her film "The Good Son" is competing with the other international films which portray the theme “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights". It tells the story of 22-year-old Or, who secretly finances his sex change operation in Thailand by lying to his conservative parents – and then returns home as a woman to face her new life, her family and the cost of living her dream. It explores how far human beings are forced to go in compromising their morals, their loved ones and everything familiar to them in order to become whole with themselves.

The aim of the festival is to promote human rights awareness in Burma/Myanmar by using the power of film, the persuasive strength of audiovisual communication (the "seeing is believing" factor) and to create a space for encouraging human rights discussions amongst the general public.

Israeli filmmaker Shirley Berkovitz also conducted a one-day workshop with students of the Cinema and Drama Department at the National University of Arts and Culture in Yangon to share her thoughts and experiences about the films she made. The workshop was held in collaboration with the Israel Embassy to Myanmar and the National University of Arts and Culture.