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The 13th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin
24th - 27th May
2018

12:45pm: THE SIGN FOR LOVE

SUNDAY 12/05/19, 12:45 Moviemento

THE SIGN FOR LOVE
El-Ad Cohen, Iris Ben Moshe 2017 Israel 75′

El-Ad and Yaeli want to be parents. Co-parents to be precise.
When El-Ad was small, his mother told him: “Raising you is like raising three kids.” Ever since that moment, he felt guilty for being deaf, and tried extra hard to be like everyone else. He became even more alienated after the death of his mother and the breakdown of his family. Fearing he won’t find a partner in their small deaf community, Cohen and his best friend Yaeli, who is also deaf, decide to have a baby – a hearing infant.

Hetero normative constructs just fall in love and produce children. In queer contextes one has to think of all possibilities, all conflicts and all legal and social problems beforehand. The problems and the possibilities El-Ad and Yaeli are facing in their journey through becoming parents are both empowering and eye opening. They raise the baby together, revealing the challenges of parenting and the ways that a child can repair a family.