Almost There

2003 | Biography/History / Coming Out / Documentary / Immigration/Exile / Lesbian / Parenting/Family / Race and Culture / Relationships / Religion/Spirituality / Spirituality / Women's Studies | 52m | Greece
Directors: Joelle Alexis, Sigal Yehuda

Almost There is the story of a lesbian couple's move away from Israel and the problems they wish to leave behind.

Joelle lived in Tel-Aviv for eleven years but tired of a city wrapped in violence. Sigal, hiding her true sexual identity from her family, needed to distance herself to be able to have a more complete life with her partner. Together they travel through Greece in search of a new home.

The couple record each other throughout their travels, producing a video diary, each expressing her feelings as she observes the other. Their unfurling journey pushes them to question the very heart of their search, including essential dilemmas such as: “Where do I belong?” “What is home?” and “How can we be part of our families when we are different from them?”

Almost There presents a couple that dares: dares to change their life, dares to deal with personal fears, dares to search for happiness … and, most of all, dares to make a documentary that carefully explores the beauty and difficulties of intimacy, sexual identity, and the complexity of family relationships.

Reviews and Awards

Special Mention, International Documentary Competition: International Women’s Film Festival, Turin

“Naturalistically shot, this documentary provides non-sentimental glimpses of life at the crossroads. Without artifice or profundity, Almost There captures transient moments and revelations through the eyes of a creative couple in love … it exists as a moving testament to the universal struggle for gay and lesbian rights, whether in the U.S. or in the Middle East. This video is appropriate for public library and university collections. Recommended.” — Debra Mandel, Head, Media Center, Northeastern University Libraries (Educational Media Reviews Online)