Strangers No More
DIRECTORS: Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
Panel: Ron Simon, Roger Sherman, Nigel Noble
PRODUCERS: Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon
EDITOR: Nancy Baker
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Buddy Squires
SLOANE SHELTON HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD is named for Sloane Shelton, the great American actor whose many roles were created from the depths of her honesty and humanity, goes to a documentary film that celebrates courage in the face of social injustice.
In the heart of Tel Aviv, there is an exceptional school where children from 48 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. The film follows several students who struggle to acclimate to life in a new land while slowly opening up to share their stories of hardship and tragedy. “It’s like its own model United Nations,” Kirk Simon told The New York Times in 2011. “The children have figured out how to get along with children from all other countries.”
Kirk Simon and Karen Goodman are award-winning documentary filmmakers. They won an Oscar in 2011 for Best Documentary, Short Subjects for Strangers No More; a Primetime Emmy in 2015 for Outstanding Children's Program for Masterclass, an HBO series, for an episode about Alan Alda; and an Emmy in 1990 for Outstanding Informational, Cultural, or Historical Programming forChimps: So Like Us. Kirk and Karen were married in 1987 and formed the Simon and Goodman Picture Company in 1990. They divorced in 2011. Kirk died in April 2018.