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.
Karen Tal, the principal of the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, is the recipient of the Charles Bronfman Prize for 2011. The annual prize, which carries a $100,000 award, goes to a young humanitarian whose work is informed and fueled by Jewish values and has broad, global impact that can potentially change lives. Tal's school in southern Tel Aviv serves students of foreign workers, Jewish and Arab Israelis of low socio-economic backgrounds, new immigrants from such places as the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, and refugees from Darfur, Sudan, Eritrea and other countries. A documentary film about the school, "Strangers No More," won a 2011 Academy Award for best documentary short subject.
Israel has postponed the deportation of hundreds of children of foreign workers by several months. Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced his decision Wednesday, saying he did not want to disrupt the children's school year, according to reports.
One day after an Oscar went to the 40-minute documentary “Strangers No More,” about the Bialik-Rogozin School in south Tel Aviv and its undocumented students from 48 countries across the Third World — a 12-year-old girl named Esther who stars in the movie is facing probable deportation from Israel, along with an estimated 120 of the 800 pupils in the school.