At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when ”The Photo House” – her late husband Rudi’s life’s work – was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help.
The first Israeli Documentary Film Festival in Stockholm was a unique event in Scandinavia, meant to flourish into a tradition. The goal of the Festival is to show the face of Israel rarely seen in the media: a colorful, vibrant and multicultural country with gorgeous, sandy beaches; the non-stop vibration of Tel Aviv
Strangers No More is a short documentary film about a school in Tel Aviv, Israel where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. The parents of these children are among over 300,000 transnational migrant workers who have arrived in Israel—some with government authorization and others undocumented.
The film follows three students as they struggle to acclimate to life in Israel and slowly unveil their stories of hardship. Strangers No More was shot on location at the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv. It is produced and directed by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon of Simon & Goodman Picture Company, whose films have received four Academy Award nominations and three Emmy Awards. It won best Short Documentary at the Academy Awards in 2011.