Dir. Roberta Grossman (89min, USA, 2014)
Mid-Atlantic Premiere

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.

This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery, sacrifice, and renewed Jewish pride. Directed by Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila), and produced by Nancy Spielberg (Elusive Justice), this film celebrates the pilots who formed the Israeli Air Force.

Co-presented by The Documentary Center at GWUIsrael Action Center at the JCRC of Greater WashingtonNational Museum of American Jewish Military History, Jewish War Veterans, and Bike and Brunch.

Saturday, February 28,  6:45 pm
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC


Sunday, March 1, 1:00 pm
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

Speaker & Events
Producer Nancy Spielberg in conversation following the Saturday, February 28 screening. Jeff Weiss, author of I Am My Brother’s Keeper, will lead a conversation after the March 1 screening.
Roberta Grossman has written and produced more than forty hours of documentary film and television. Grossman’s Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, won the audience award at 13 film festivals, was broadcast on PBS and nominated for a Primetime Emmy. Grossman was the series producer and co-writer of 500 Nations, the eight-hour CBS mini-series on Native Americans hosted by Kevin Costner. Two years ago, the Washington Jewish Film Festival’s Closing Night featured Grossman’s Hava Nagila.
“Immensely well-crafted…Adventure-steeped…Evokes a strong sense of pride.” –KQED