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In the heart of Tel Aviv, there is an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds 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 several students' struggle to acclimate to life in a new land while slowly opening up to share their stories of hardship and tragedy: Mohammed, a sixteen-year-old refugee from Darfur, witnessed the killing of his grandmother and father before escaping alone through Egypt to Israel. Having never been in a school before, his sharp mind and tremendous determination enable him to make up the years of study he never had. Johannes arrived at Bialik-Rogozin after spending most of his life in refugee camps across the Middle East. His father struggles to obtain a work visa while twelve-year-old Johannes struggles to adjust to attending school for the first time. After a slow start, his ... Written by SGPictures

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28 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm glad PlanktonRules enjoyed this charming documentary. But I was puzzled by his/her comment that 'despite being in Israel, the school is open to all religions, ethnicities and nations.' What sort of country does he/she think Israel is? Israelis come from almost every corner of the earth, from all over Europe and America, from Africa, from almost every Muslim country, from Russia. It's actually the most ethnically and religiously diverse country in the Middle East and beyond. It's important to stress this because the school emerges precisely out of this welcoming attitude and this ability to create a unifying culture out of so many. The little boy who could not speak Hebrew is far from the first. It was because so many Jews spoke so many languages that it was decided to revive Hebrew as a spoken language, and the Israeli achievement in doing so is inspiring.


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