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Family in Transition

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2018
  • 70 min.
  • Director(s): Ofir Trainin
  • Producer(s): Ofir Trainin and Tal Barda


The story of a family in Nahariya, a small traditional town in Israel, whose lives change completely after their father finally decides to tell his family that he’s a transgender woman. Their mother chooses to stay with her spouse through the whole process, but just as it seems that life is back to normal, she takes a sharp turn and shakes everything up again.

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Ofir Trainin


Ofir Trainin and Tal Barda


Ofir Trainin


Ofir Trainin, Uri Levy


Roi Ben Ami, Shira Arad

Original Language




Produced with the help of

Makor Film fund, Yes docu, Mifal Hapais


Yes docu

Sound design

Rotem Dror

Photo credit

Roi Rot

Festival Highlights

  • Winner

    Honorable Mention
    Mediterranean Film Festival
  • Winner

    Best Film Award
    DocAviv Film Festival

Zonta International FIlm Festival, Canada, 2019

Guangzhou Doc Fim Festival, China, In competition, 2019

Raindance International Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2019

Kassel DocFest, Germany, 2019

Bangkok Screening Room, Thailand, 2019

Zonta International Film Festival, Canada, 2019

Gender Reel Film Festival, USA, 2019

DocsMX, Mexico, 2019

Krakow International Film Festival, Poland, 2019

Montreal Israeli Film Festival, Canada, 2019

Winnipeg Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2019

Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2019

Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2019

Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2019

Torino LGBT International Film Festival, Italy, 2019

Out & Loud - Pune Queer International Film Festival, India, 2019

Outview International Film Festival, Greece, 2019

Cinequest, USA, 2019

City Cinemas Village East Cinema- New York, USA, 2018

Laemmle Town Center 5- Los Angeles, USA, 2018

LA Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2018

DOC NYC, USA, 2018

DocAviv Int' Film Festival, Israel, 2018

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  • "Packs an undeniable emotional punch, presenting a fresh viewpoint on its hot-button topic"
    - Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
  • "This film stresses a stark truth: Happiness is never assured, no matter who you are, or who you’re becoming."
    - Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times
  • "There’s real honesty and emotion throughout the film as it tells not only of Amit’s life as a trans woman but also her wife’s experiences."
    - Kimber Myers, Los Angeles Times
  • "“Amidst a wealth of provocative homegrown fare, Ofir Trainin’s Family in Transition was perhaps a safe pick for the festival’s best Israeli film award. But what at first glance appears to be a straightforward fly-on-the-wall portrait of a trans woman accepting her true identity soon evolves into an altogether richer exploration of the notion of the queer family”. "
    - Sight and Sound Magazine
  • "“With great sensitivity, this film tells the story of identities getting to know themselves and each other anew, and changing right before our eyes. An important and timely film, it is a reminder of the power of documentary to refresh our experience of the world and make us question distorted worldviews. Behind the strong bond between subjects and audience is the director’s dedication to his subjects, and when the two meet, the magic happens”. "
    - Docaviv Jury 2018