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Oscar worthy. 'Strangers No More'
Photo: Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
TA school featured in Oscar nominated film
Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon's 'Strangers No More', which focuses on daily life of foreign workers' children in Israeli school, nominated for Academy Award in short documentary category

Eran Rikliss' "The Human Resources Manager" didn't make the final cut in the Oscars' foreign film category and Shlomi Eldar's "Precious Life" didn't make it to the best documentary category.

 

And yet, there will be Israeli representation at the Academy Awards. The short documentary "Strangers No More," which focuses on the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, where the children of foreign workers from 48 different countries receive an education, has recieved a nomination.

 

The American film, produced and directed by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon is 40 minutes long and examines the school environment and the backgrounds of the children who for the most part, have come to Israel from countries suffering from poverty, hunger and political adversity.

 

According to the film's creators, the school's distinction is in the variety of its student's cultures, which gives each and every one of them special standing within the school. The basic differences negate the foreigner tag that the students carry with them in Israeli society outside the school's walls.

 

"With tremendous effort and dedication, the school provides the support these children need to recover from their past," Goodman and Simon wrote on the movie's official site. "Together, the bond between teacher and student, and amongst the students themselves, enables them to create new lives in this exceptional community.

 

"Strangers No More" will be competing in the short documentary category against four other films:"'Killing in the Name," "Poster Girl,"

"Sun Come Up" and "The Warriors of Qiugang."

 

 

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