Israeli Documentary Shortlisted for Oscar

Published: November 25th 2010
in Culture » Movies

Precious Life

“Precious Life,” an Israeli documentary that was showcased earlier this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, has been shortlisted for an Oscar.


Written and directed by Shlomi Eldar, the film premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival and has since garnered quite a lot of international attention.


It has been shortlisted for an Oscar Academy Award in the Best Documentary Film category.


The film has moved a lot of audiences, telling the story of Mohammed Abu Mustafa, a four-month-old Palestinian infant who suffers from a genetic disorder in his immune system which if left untreated, could lead to his very early death.


His mother's struggles and those of an Israeli pediatrician to get medical care for Mohammed are the centre of the film.


Due to a TV report by Eldar that aired in Israel on Channel 10 News about the situation, Mohammed and his mother were transferred from Gaza to the Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer. Once they were at the medical facility, a Jewish donor was found who covered the $55,000 in medical expenses.


“Precious Life” was written with the war in Gaza as a social backdrop. The theme song and soundtrack were composed by the singer Yehuda Poliker.


Fifteen other documentary features have been shortlisted in the same category for an award. The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, and the nominations (those chosen from the full shortlist), will be announced on January 25, 2011.

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