“Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You”

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Venue:FIU Modesto Maidique Campus, GC 150

A Film Screening and Q&A with Israeli Actor and Gay Rights Activist Assi Azar

Nov. 21 | 11:00 AM | Modesto Maidique Campus | GC 150

Israeli actor and director Assi Azar will be at Florida International University on Monday, Nov. 21 to screen his documentary film “Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You," about the experience of coming out. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session.

Assi Azar is a popular Israeli television personality and the host of the Israeli version of Big Brother, one of the country’s most popular TV shows. He came out publicly as gay in 2005. "Mom, Dad, I Have Something to Tell You" deals with Azar's own experience of coming out to his parents and also follows the stories of other gay and lesbian young people speaking openly with family members about their sexuality for the first time. Unlike films which deal with the subject of coming out exclusively from the point of view of the individual taking that step, Azar's film also deals with the experiences and reactions of family members who have learned that a loved one is gay.

In addition to his work with Big Brother, Assi Azar has hosted a number of other programs, including the youth talk show Exit, Good Evening with Guy Pines, and The Champion: Locker Room, as well as the satirical programs Catch 24 (on Music 24) and Talk to My Agent(on the Israeli comedy channel Bip). Azar often volunteers for LGBT youth groups in his spare time, and in 2009 was named in Out magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential gay celebrities.

Azar's visit to FIU is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico; Delta Lambda Phi, Beta Delta Chapter, and Shalom FIU.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please see the attached flyer or contact the FIU Judaic Studies Program at Judaic@fiu.edu or 305-348-7266.