Israeli Director Wins Oscar for Short Film “Skin”

On Sunday, Israeli director Guy Nattiv took home the Oscar for “best live action short film” at the 91st Academy Awards in Los Angeles.

Nattiv won the prestigious prize for his film “Skin” which marked a rare win for an Israeli director from the academy.

Skin is an English language drama about a neo-Nazi skinhead and his young son set in the United States. The 20-minute film focuses on a hate crime and its consequences from the viewpoints of both a white child and a black child.  

“Israel – this is for you” Nattiv said accepting the award. “The film was made by Israelis and it’s message is for Israel and also for the United States, against racism.” Nattiv went on to speak about his Holocaust survivor grandparents and concern that the bigotry they experienced in the Holocaust is being seen again today in both America and Europe.

In his acceptance speech, Nattiv reiterated that he hoped his five-year-old son would grow up in a world where “these things don’t happen” because people will do a better job of accepting their cultural differences.

In this regard, the Israel director said he plans to make his next film about his grandmother – a Holocaust survivor who moved to Israel and then later joined a cult in the United States.

The last time an Israeli won the Oscars was in 1978 when Moshe Mizrahi’s “Madame Rosa” won the award for best foreign language film.