Israeli Expat Director Wins Oscar for Best Short

Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman win the Oscar

Guy Nattiv and Jaime Ray Newman win the Oscar

Israeli Academy Award victor Guy Nattiv, whose 20-minute film "Skin" about racial tensions won for Best Short Film, is looking to his own family's haunted past for his next film. The movie deals with a hate crime and its ramifications and is told through the eyes of two children, one white and the other black.

Nattiv's wife, actress and producer Jaime Ray Newman, dedicated the award to their five-year-old son.

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Wishing viewers in Israel (where it was the middle of the night) "layla tov" (good night) during his acceptance speech, Nattiv spoke of his grandparents who are Holocaust survivors and said "the bigotry that they experienced in the Holocaust, we see that everywhere today, in America, in Europe". 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's very first film, the 2003 seven-minute "Strangers", which he said was made in his backyard, was also shortlisted for an Oscar. He wrote on Monday, "Warm congratulations to Guy Nattiv on his winning an Oscar!" An exciting and inspiring moment. "I hope that many more Israeli children will follow in your footsteps and continue to produce quality groundbreaking cinema for us and the whole world".

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