Army of Lovers in the Holy Land

Dir. Asaf Galay | 65 min
Documentary Israel 2019
EnglishHebrewSwedish with English Subtitles

Army of Lovers is a Swedish pop-dance band that has enjoyed a string of European hits in the 1990s – hits that are based on kitsch lyrics, high camp videos, and a libertine philosophy.

This documentary takes a fun and revealing look at one of Europe’s most outrageous acts, the band’s enduring popularity in Israel, and the vocalist’s surprising decision to move to Israel, a decision that brings about their first-ever concert in the Holy Land.

Film rental includes a recorded conversation with Director Asaf Galay and film subject Jean-Pierre Barda which will automatically play after the film.


Asaf Galay explores Jewish and Israeli cultural history in a variety of visual media. He has curated museum exhibits on Jewish fashion designers, the Dreyfus Affair, and the late singer Amy Winehouse.

In film, he has traced the history of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, analyzed Israeli humor, and examined the life and legacy of Zionist hero Joseph Trumpeldor. A self-described Yiddish activist, Galay has shown several film at recent Washington Jewish Film Festivals, including The Search for an Israeli Superhero, and The Muses of Bashevis Singer.

Jean-Pierre Barda is a Swedish and Israeli singer, actor, make-up artist and hairdresser of French/Algerian Jewish descent. He is one of the founding members of the pop group Army of Lovers.

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