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DOUBLE INCOME, KIDS

DOUBLE INCOME, KIDS
© Hendrik Schäfer

We accompany an Israeli gay couple, Motty and Alon, on their journey to have biological twins through their gestational surrogate, Krista, from Oregon/USA.

For a period of one year, we look into the couple’s daily lives in Israel. We observe how they cope with the financial, medical, social and religious issues Israel’s reality poses them on their quest for fatherhood amidst the national gay baby boom.

Through their closely observed personal story, the film raises questions about parenthood, social norms and the zeitgeist of our technologically advanced world.


Hendrik Schäfer was born 1981 and raised in East Berlin. He’s lived in the Netherlands, South Africa, Argentina, and since 2014 in Israel. Until 2011, he was a freelance production manager for commercials and music promos. Since 2011, he studied Documentary Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He holds the German National Academic Foundation scholarship and is a member of AG DOK & EDN. DOUBLE INCOME, KIDS is his graduation film.
Genre LGBTQ, Human Interest, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Director Hendrik Schäfer
Cinematography Hendrik Schäfer
Producers Denise Neustadt, Hendrik Schäfer
Production Company Essence Film, in co-production with Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, SWR
Length 94 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
 Hebrew, English, Spanish
Subtitled Version English
Awards Caligari Förderpreis 2016
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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