The Israeli comedy series "Nevsu" won the International Emmy for Best Comedy at a ceremony in New York on Monday. The Reshet Channel 13 program centers around a man of Ethiopian Jewish origin and his wife Ashkenazi.
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The International Emmy for the programming of the arts went to a Dutch documentary, "Etgar Keret: Based on a true story", about the Israeli short story, television and film screenwriter. The international Emmys are delivered to television productions outside the United States.
"Nevsu", an affectionate term meaning "soul" in the Amharic language of Ethiopia, was created by Yosi Vasa, Shai Ben Atar and Liat Shavit. It tells the story of Gili Chalchau, played by Vasa, who works in public relations and is married to an artist, Tamar, played by Meyrav Feldman. In the show, the couple has a 5-year-old daughter.
Vasu joked, jokingly, that he was worried because he did not know how much Emmy's statue weighed and they only allowed him 23 kilograms in his luggage, exclaiming that he was coming home with him.
His sitcom highlights differences in the couple's background, along with the prejudices and tensions that their marriage causes in their extended families, which include the tactless mother of Tamar, played by Hana Laszlo, and the widowed mother of Gili , interpreted by Maski Shivro, who is inflexible. about following the Ethiopian tradition.
Last year it was reported that the Fox television network in the United States was looking to produce an American version of the program. The negotiations on the company were carried out with the producer of "Nevsu", Endemol Shine Israel, but never came to fruition.
Nevsu is not the first Israeli show to win an international Emmy. In 2010, "Ramzor" took the honors in the same category. An American version of that program, "Semaphore," ran for one season in 2011.