Strange Fruit by Hili Noy and Shimi Asresay, Israel, 2013
A father and son's peaceful daily routine is interrupted by an encounter with an unfamiliar boy of a different colour.
An allegory of racism as an acquired cultural epidemic, Strange Fruit discusses whether this racism stems from our personal conscience or rather the education we receive from our families and environment. Can we really insist on having a personal belief system, when what we must believe is dictated to us? Strange Fruit shows how easily we acquire fear and hatred of foreigners, as well as how easily we might become the "strangers" and "others" ourselves.
Hili Noy is a 27-year-old Israeli animator currently based in Jaffo. She works at Tross Media, a small lively animation studio in Tel Aviv. She was born in Kfar Vradim in northern Israel, the youngest of a family of seven siblings.
She graduated from the Tefen Experimental-Democratic High School, majoring in arts and design. She later graduated with a BFA in animation from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. During her studies, she took part in a student exchange programme with FH-MAINZ University in Germany.
Strange Fruit is her graduation animation short film project from her final year at Bezalel.
Shimi Asresay is a 27-year-old animator currently based in Jerusalem. He was born in Be'er Sheva in southern Israel. His family emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel in the mid-1980s.
He graduated from high school majoring in arts, and has recently graduated with a BFA in animation from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. During his studies, he taught drawing to youth at risk at the Neve Yaakov Community Center in Jerusalem.
Strange Fruit is his graduatation animation short film project from his final year at Bezalel.