Drifting (1983 film)

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Directed by Amos Guttman
Produced by Kislev Films
Malka Assaf
Enrique Rottenberg
Amos Guttman
Edna Mazia
Written by Amos Guttman
Edna Mazia
Starring Jonathan Sagall
Ami Traub
Ben Levin
Dita Arel
Boaz Torjemann
Mark Hasmann
Music by Arik Rudich
Distributed by - North America -
Facets Multi-Media
Nu Image Films
Release date
  • 1983 (1983) (Israel)
  • 23 April 1984 (1984-04-23) (U.S.)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Israel
Language Hebrew

Drifting (a.k.a. Nagu'a) is the title of an independent film directed by Amos Guttman. Filmed in 1982, released a year later, it is the first Israeli LGBT-themed film, and follows a lonely young gay man as he attempts to find love and break into the movie business. The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles[1] Sometimes the film's title is translated as "Afflicted".



Robi (Jonathan Sagall) is a young Israeli who lives his grandparents and works at their store. He dreams of finding true love and becoming a movie director, both of which seem increasingly difficult. His film career stalls, until he can get financial backing and his love life seems to be in similar shape. While the urban city has places to cruise for sex, Robi struggles to find an organized gay community and a committed relationship.

His grandparents tolerate his homosexuality, preferring to ignore the men he brings home and avoid asking why he regularly visit the park. Yet, they view his sexual orientation as being shameful not only to him, but to the entire family. When upset, his grandmother yells at him, and asks when he is going to find a nice woman, marry and start a family. His ex-girlfriend would love to get back together, but Robi has fallen in love with a man named Han, who caved into the social pressure and married a woman.[1]


  1. ^ a b Maslin, Janet. 'Drifting', film maker in Israel, New York Times, April 23, 1984. Accessed August 12, 2008.

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