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Freedom Runners

Sports & Competition, Israel, Jewish Film, Jewish Highlights, Middle East, Africa
David Wachsmann
50 minutes

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Brilliant! Freedom Runners can be both a warning and a guide. -Jew School

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"We are coming to competitions and all the eyes are on us
because we are the best, not because the boys and girls are different.''
-Rotem Genossar

Rotem Genossar, a teacher at the Bialik-Rogozin campus in south Tel Aviv, founds a running group for his students, young African refugees whose families fled their homeland and now live in Israel without any legal status. At first running is just a social activity for the students, but it quickly becomes a means to fight for their civil rights, part of a struggle to secure them a place of their own, out of the margins of Israeli society.

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In Israel, Migrants Find a Home, Through Running - The New York Times

Refugee teens in Israel win races but not awards - Jewish Journal

The Victories And Challenges Of Asylum-Seeking Athletes - The Establishment

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