Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv won the Academy Award for best short film with “Skin”, on the skinhead world and racism in America – where the director says he no longer feels so safe.
“I moved here five years ago from Israel, Lila tov Israel,” Nattiv said as he accepted the award. “My grandparents are Holocaust survivors. The bigotry that they experienced in the Holocaust, we see that everywhere today, in America, in Europe. This film is about education, about teaching your kids a better way,” the filmmaker added.
The win was made all the more special for the 45-year-old Tel Aviv native because he won the Oscar with his wife, American actress Jaime Ray Newman, who served as a producer on the film.
Added Newman, who joined him on stage: “We dedicate this to our 5-month-old baby who’s sitting at home with my parents watching this. We hope that you grow up in a world where these things don’t happen because people learn to love and accept each other.”
At a press conference following the ceremony, Nattiv said that a full-length film based on “Skin” would be released in July.