Donate for Chen Langer Fund
With your help, we’re establishing a fund in honor of Chen Langer, my late and beloved brother, promoting the LGBTQ human rights
The family of Chen Langer, in collaboration with award-winning documentary filmmaker Tomer Heymann and 888 Ltd., have established a film scholarship fund in Chen’s name promoting the creation of work highlighting LGBTQ social struggles and the injustices they face. Join us to help fund valuable and meaningful creative content in educating and raising awareness within our communities.
The goal of the fundraiser is to create a financial scholarship that will be awarded each year as part of the International Pride Film Festival in Tel Aviv. Scholarships will be awarded specifically to recipients from the LGBTQ community whose films spotlight social injustice and gender-based hate crimes, issues that Chen cared so deeply about throughout his life.
Coinciding with June Pride Week, the International Pride Film Festival is a 10-day event held annually in Tel Aviv. In addition to the various films shown, most of which do not even reach distribution in Israel, the festival also offers workshops and special projects for filmmakers in Israel and abroad. For further details please click here.
With the help of your donation, each scholarship will provide sufficient funds to fully produce a short documentary film of about 20 minutes long. Each year prior to the International Pride Film Festival, a pre-appointed committee consisting of the Langer family and filmmaker Tomer Heymann will award an emerging LGBTQ filmmaker through a juried submission process. The proceedings will go to the winner, allowing funding for a documentary that will be screened at the festival’s opening and shown throughout its 10-day run.
Chen Langer was an activist and fighter for social justice. His passion for activism began in high school when he first volunteered for ELEM and Hafuch Al Hafuch, organizations dedicated to treating and transforming the lives of at-risk youth.
In 2011, Chen participated in the Israeli social justice protests in defense of the weak and vulnerable, opposing the continuing rise in cost of living and deterioration of public services such as health and education.
Continuing his activism for better work conditions, Chen joined in protest over the harsh treatment of interns in the medical field and gave his part in aiding their cause.
A major part of Chen’s activism largely focused on the rights of the LGBTQ community. Chen was the youngest spokesperson for The Aguda (the Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel) since its foundation in 1975. Chen fought for the rights of transgender people in the Kenesset (the Israeli parliament) and volunteered over the course of many years at Hoshen (a non-profit LGBTQ organization) and at Beit Dror (a therapeutic emergency center for LGBTQ youth).
Chen also volunteered at the Bar Noar Youth Centre, a LGBTQ safe house for teens and young adults, where in 2009 he was shot in the leg in an attack that claimed the lives of Nir Katz and Liz Troubishi and injured 14 other people besides him. The killer’s bullet remained lodged in Chen’s leg, and he lived the rest of his life suffering from PTSD and battling immense physical and mental pain. Chen is the third victim of the Bar Noar massacre.