Alan & Naomi is a 1992 film about the friendship between two children in 1944 Brooklyn.[1][2] Lukas Haas and Vanessa Zaoui star as the title characters, and the screenplay is based on the novel by Myron Levoy. The 1977 novel is an American Book Award Finalist for Children's Literature and an honor book for the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and The Horn Book. Alan & Naomi has received the National Book Awards For Children's Literature in Germany and Austria, and the Dutch Silver Pencil Prize. In 1986 Alan & Naomi was adapted for a theatrical play, Geheime Freunde, by Rudolf Herfurtner. The novel has been translated into eleven languages.

Alan & Naomi
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Directed bySterling Van Wagenen
Written byMyron Levoy
Jordon Horowitz
StarringLukas Haas
Vanessa Zaoui
Distributed byPorchLight Entertainment
Release date
January 31, 1992
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States


After initial urging from his parents, 14-year-old Alan (Haas) develops an emotional friendship with Naomi (Zaoui), who has been deeply troubled since seeing her father killed by the Nazis in Europe.


Alan & Naomi won the Crystal Heart Award at the 1992 Heartland Film Festival. Also, Vanessa Zaoui was nominated for the 1993 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Motion Picture.[3][4]


  1. ^ Alan & Naomi on IMDb.
  2. ^ Kempley, Rita (January 31, 1992). "Alan & Naomi". The Washington Post.
  3. ^ Awards for Alan & Naomi. Internet Movie Database]. Retrieved on 2008-05-30.
  4. ^ "Be Moved by the Power of Film - See "Tomorrow" Today" (Press release). Heartland Film Festival. 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2008-05-30.

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