Above and Beyond
Directed by Roberta Grossman
US | 90 minutes | 2014
This gripping documentary unfolds like The Great Escape: a true-life wartime adventure story. In 1948, as the British withdrew from Palestine, five Arab nations prepared to invade Israel. A ragtag group of young men from around the globe volunteered to defend the new country. Called Machal, or volunteers from abroad, many were World War II veterans from the US. Because of an embargo imposed by the Truman administration, Americans risked losing their citizenship by joining the fight. Produced by Nancy Spielberg, younger sister to Steven, this film celebrates the pilots who laid the foundation for the Israeli Air Force. Above and Beyond combines extraordinary archival footage and interviews with scholars, survivors, and their descendants, ranging from Shimon Perez to Paul Reubens (better known as Pee Wee Herman), whose father Milton Rubenfeld flew combat missions.
|Countries of Production||US|
|Year of Presentation||2014|
|Premiere Status||Florida Premiere|
|Principal Cast||Shimon Perez, Paul Reubens, Leon Frankel, George Lichter|