Israeli Director's Short Film 'Skin' Nabs Oscar

Trudie Styler and Jamie Ray Newman pose

Trudie Styler and Jamie Ray Newman pose

"I moved here 5 years ago from Israel - laila tov Yisrael [good evening Israel]", said Guy Nattiv, accepting the award for his short film Skin, about former skinhead group member Bryon Widner and his transformation.

The film explores racism and white supremacy in the United States, telling the story of a hate crime and its unfolding consequences from the point of view of two children, one black and one white.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin congratulated the trio on the win, saying "the movie is a gift to our children and grandchildren and for the future we wish for them".

Newman added: "We dedicate this to our five-month-old baby who's sitting at home with my parents watching this".

"This award represents a success for Israeli cinema", she said.

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In his acceptance speech, Nattiv, who was joined on stage by his wife, began by saying,"Layla tov, Israel". The last time an Israeli won the Oscars was in 1978, when Moshé Mizrahi won Best Foreign Language Film with his movie "Madame Rosa", an adaption of the 1975 novel "The Life Before Us" by Romain Gary.

"Nattiv grew up in the paths of our country, in a family of Holocaust survivors".

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein also tweeted about Nattiv's Oscar win.

At a press conference following the ceremony, Nattiv revealed that a full-length film based on "Skin" would be released in July. He wrote on Monday, "Warm congratulations to Guy Nattiv on his winning an Oscar!" Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

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