Would you risk everything – your future, your citizenship, even your life – to help a brother in need? In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal – “volunteers from abroad” – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. ABOVE AND BEYOND is their story. Director Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila – The Movie, Blessed is the Match: Life and Death of Hannah Senesh) joins us to talk about a small group of brave men and women who changed the world.
“Soars with true adventure! A fascinating chronicle of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war through the eyes of a daring group of men.”- Sheri Linden, LA Times
“Astonishing” – Village Voice
“A moving documentary about the improbable band of mostly Jewish-American volunteers who helped build the Israeli air force and the nation itself.” – Newsweek