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Directors bring Oscars to Bialik-Rogozin School


June 21, 2011 | 10:13 am

The directors of the Oscar-winning documentary “Strangers No More” brought their statuettes to the Israeli school that was the subject of the film.

Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon allowed the students of the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, 70 percent of whom are immigrants, to pass around the Oscar statuettes.

“If we received an Oscar, it’s because these kids opened their hearts to us. All we did was capture it,” Simon told The Guardian on Monday during his visit to the school.

The documentary, which won the Academy Award this year for best short documentary, chronicles the school’s efforts to educate and integrate students from 48 countries, many the children of foreign workers and dozens of whom were under the threat of deportation.

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