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AIPAC brings acclaimed film 'Above and Beyond' to Orlando


The cast of pilots at Duxford, England.

Laurie and Marc Smith, Orlando co-chairs of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, have announced that in honor of the 67th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, AIPAC is bringing the four-star film "Above and Beyond" to Orlando. This feature-length documentary, produced by Nancy Speilberg (sister of Steven Speilberg) will have one screening at the Orlando Science Center on May 11, at 7 p.m. "Above and Beyond" has won "Best Documentary" and "Audience Choice" awards at Jewish Film Festivals across the country.

The film shares the stories of Jewish and non-Jewish foreign volunteers (mostly American) who at great personal risk fought in Israel's War of Independence. With WW II fighter pilot experience under their belts, and a lot of chutzpah, these pilots overcame tremendous odds and helped Israel survive the onslaught from large well-supplied and trained neighboring Arab armies on all sides when statehood was declared. This is their story. Much of it in their words, and it is filled with humor, bravado, warmth and determination.

"You will laugh and you will cry", said Roz Fuchs Schwartz, who saw this film at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival in February. "It is exhilarating, inspiring and heart warming-a true suspense filled adventure story with a happy ending."

Mark Israel, who saw the film at this year's AIPAC Policy Conference agreed. "It is fantastic, I wanted to stand up and cheer when it was over."

The film includes newsreels, interviews, photos, reenactments, and special effects from George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic company.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students (use promo code: STUDENT). For security purposes tickets must be purchased in advance by May 8 at http://www.aipac.org/AboveAndBeyond, or you can contact Nina Uribe in the AIPAC Florida Office at 954-382-6110. Tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis, so don't wait too long or there won't be any seats left.


Reader Comments

Rothschild writes:

Israel is within each descendant, discriminated against or not. The true Israel is not political and neither for gain nor lucre. A true Israelite shall be full of works of light and truth and nothing else. All else is a deviation of truths eternal. Mistranslations, whether intentional or not, of sacred scripture and history will bring forth chaos where chaos should not be. May healing come to well versed and ignorant aggressors, as well as to all affected. Become well informed, enlightened.

JohnWV writes:

This movie is blatant and dangerous propaganda.Israel has occupied not just Palestine, but America too. The Wall Street felons remaining unpunished, AIPAC actually writing congressional legislation, and lack of treason indictments attest to the depth of the occupation. The Jewish state instigated all our Mideast wars, and benefited from all. None were in American interests, yet we did the dying and suffered the Great Recession. America is being overthrown and becoming subservient to Israel.


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