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Sex and the city of Tel Aviv?
Miriam Bulwar David-Hay (Translated)
07/29/2009
US television network HBO, the producer of such iconic series as "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos," is filming a documentary about south Tel Aviv's ethnically mixed Bialik-Rogozin high school, reports www.nrg.co.il. Two leading American documentary makers, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, began filming at the school in the last academic year, and are slated to return in the coming school year to complete their work. According to the report, the pair last year began filming a documentary about the integration of the numerous nationalities at the school, where most of the students are the children of foreign workers or refugees from 48 different countries. After they learned that the Interior Ministry was planning to deport large numbers of illegal foreign workers and their children - a move that will cause the school to lose some two-thirds of its students - the directors decided to return to Israel to film the changes at the school in the coming school year. "In our visits we have encountered a wonderful school that offers very special possibilities to a very diverse range of students," the report quoted Simon as saying. School principal Karen Tal said the school's reputation had "reached long distances" and that the directors had told her they wanted to see the multicultural variety at the school, how students balanced their ethnic identities with their Israeli ones, and how those who had survived massacres in Darfur and other hardships developed normal lives. She said the documentary was concentrating on several key characters among the students, including the son of a Palestinian collaborator from Hebron, two African refugees, and a girl from a native Israeli family. The report did not say when the documentary would be completed or aired.
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