"Precious Life," a documentary film by Israeli journalist Shlomi Eldar, will be in the running next month for an award sponsored by the VH1 music television channel and the American social service organization "Do Something."
The competition provides recognition to young people working for social change and also confers awards in the fields of music, television and film for efforts to further social change.
Other nominees include singers Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, actors Scarlett Johansson, Orlando Bloom and Daniel Radcliffe, comedians Will Ferrell and Chris Rock and models Tyra Banks and Gisele Bundchen.
"Precious Life" tells the story of a 4-month-old Palestinian boy from Gaza who was born without an immune system and is brought to Israel for a bone marrow transplant in an effort to save his life. The film was nominated in the documentary film category.
"I got an e-mail from VH1 telling me the film was a nominee," Eldar said yesterday. "We had no idea about it or who nominated us. It's a great honor that an Israeli movie, in Hebrew, that presents Israel differently than the media around the world was perceived by the Americans as creating social change. Israel has many faces, and we're proud to also present the other Israeli face, of compassion, love for the human being and respect for others," he said.
This year's award ceremony will be held in Hollywood on August 14 and will be broadcast four days later on VH1.
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