Israeli TV show 'Nevsu' wins International Emmy Award

Star and co-creator Yossi Vasa and co-creator Shai Ben-Atar were on hand to pick up the award.

November 20, 2018 06:40
THE CAST of the Reshet series 'Nevsu.

THE CAST of the Reshet series 'Nevsu.. (photo credit: RESHET)


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An Israeli TV show about an interracial family won an International Emmy Award on Monday night.

The Reshet comedy Nevsu beat out nominees from Mexico, Spain and Canada to take the top prize at the ceremony in New York City.

Star and co-creator Yossi Vasa and co-creator Shai Ben-Atar were on hand to pick up the award.

In his acceptance speech, Vasa thanked all the people who worked on the show and his wife, Yarden: "I took my life and I put it on the screen," he said. "So I wouldn't be here without you." 

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Nevsu, which is an Amharic slang world for sweetheart, focuses on the marriage of Gili, an Israeli man of Ethiopian descent and Tamar, an Ashkenazi woman - and the relationship between their families.

In addition, a Dutch film about Israeli writer Etgar Keret won the award for best arts programming. The 2017 documentary, titled Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story, weaved the story of the Israeli writer's life with that of his many characters and creations, which appear in animated versions throughout the film.

In 2010, Israeli TV show Ramzor (Traffic Light) won in the best comedy series category, the last and only other time that a sole Israeli production took home an International Emmy.

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