True Life Tale of Tel Aviv Melting Pot School Gets Oscar Nod

Strangers No More, nominated for 'Best Documentary Short Subject' gong, features school for children from 48 different countries.

Israeli movies, strangers no more to the Oscars short list, secured another foothold in the nominations for the great and the good in 2011, with a tip of the hat to a true story about a melting pot of children at a Tel Aviv elementary school.

Strangers No More, which is up for the "Best Documentary Short Subject" gong, tells the tale of children from 48 different countries who attend the Bialik-Rogozin School in south Tel Aviv. Many of the students have escaped genocide, war and hunger to arrive in Israel at a school where "no child is a stranger."

Strangers No More poster

The documentary focuses on a number of students as they acclimatize to their new lives, and attempt to put the hardships and horrors of the past behind them.

The film was directed and produced by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, whose Simon and Goodman Picture Company has received four Oscar nominations and three Emmy awards.