Iris Prize Shorts 2021

Johnita

After appearing on TV talent show The Next Star (הַכּוֹכָב הַבָּא) Johnita, a young transgender singer, falls back into her reality. Living with her Orthodox father – while also attending the Pride Parade – she dreams of finding love while the realities of discrimination and hatred are a constant presence in her life.

DIRECTOR: Alon Reter
PRODUCER: Barak Cohen
WRITER: Alon Reter
Israel, 15 Minutes

After her whirlwind appearance on the reality show “The Next Star”, Johnita, a young transgender singer, falls back into her reality. There she lives with her Orthodox father, then goes to the Pride Parade. She dreams of finding love while the realities of discrimination and hatred are a constant in her life and raise questions of eternal conflict.

Alon Reter is a graduate of the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School. His debut film Do Not Forsake Me received honorable mention at school and took part in TLVFest 2018. As part of his studies he was a crew member on a number of productions, including Claude Bardini and I, which screened at the Haifa Film Festival, 2019. Alon served on the jury of TLVFest 2019. Johnita is his graduation film.