Strangers No More

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Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  40 min.
Release year:  2011

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In the heart of Tel Aviv exists an exceptional school where 750 children from 48 different countries and diverse backgrounds have come together to learn. Many of the students arrive at Bialik-Rogozin School fleeing poverty, political adversity and even genocide. Here, no child is a stranger.

The film follows the struggle of three students as they cclimate to life in a new land while slowly opening up to share their stories of hardship and tragedy. Mohammed, a 16-year-old refugee from Darfur, witnessed the killing of his grandmother and father before escaping alone through Egypt to Israel. Johannes, 12, arrived at Bialik-Rogozin after spending most of his life in refugee camps across the Middle East. After her mother was murdered, Esther and her father fled South Africa with nothing, in search of safety and peace of mind. At Bialik-Rogozin, Esther's teachers try to relieve the trauma of a nine-year-old girl who believes her mother will return.

Director: Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
Producer(s): Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
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