Israeli documentary 'Precious Life' shortlisted for Oscar

Sholmi Eldar's film, which tells story of Palestinian mother's struggle to get treatment for her baby, on list for Best Documentary Film.

November 19, 2010 10:42
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The Israeli film "Precious Life" has been shortlisted for an Oscar Academy Award in the Best Documentary Film category, it was announced Friday.

Director Sholmi Eldar's film, which chronicles the struggle of an Israeli pediatrician and a Palestinian mother to get treatment for her baby, is among 15 documentary features shortlisted.

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The movie tells the story of Mohammed Abu Mustafa, a four-month-old Palestinian infant who suffers from a genetic disorder in his immune system which may lead to his death.

A TV report by Eldar helped transfer the boy and his mother from Gaza to the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer.

Later a Jewish donor was found who gave $55,000 to cover the medical expenses.

Israeli cinema recently received another prestigious accolade as the film "Intimate Grammar" won the Tokyo Sakura Grand Prize Film Award at the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival at the end of October.

The film, directed by Nir Bergman and starring actress Orly Zibershatz, was based on a novel by Israeli author David Grossman.

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