Above and Beyond

A fascinating little-known historical tale ... stirringly recounted.


Above and Beyond

In 1948, a group of World War II pilots, mostly from America, volunteered to fight for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of "Machal"– volunteers from abroad – this ragtag band of brothers turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth. ABOVE AND BEYOND is their story, told for the first time.

ABOVE AND BEYOND recounts the harrowing missions of the men who helped repel five Arab armies. The film follows them from the United States – where they met and trained in secret and struggled to stay two steps ahead of the FBI – to Panama, Rome and even behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, where they flew versions of the very Nazi planes they had tried to shoot down in World War II.

Set against the backdrop of an emerging nation still reeling from the horrors of the Holocaust, ABOVE AND BEYOND uncovers the motivations of these volunteers – Jews and non-Jews, some Zionists, many others not. It recounts the personal stories of the young pilots, whose experiences in Israel were life altering. And ultimately, the film taps into universal themes of courage, commitment and sacrifice. At a time when a fledgling nation was under attack, a tiny band of airmen answered the call for help. They risked their citizenship, their futures and even their lives.

ABOVE AND BEYOND is produced by Nancy Spielberg (Elusive Justice), directed by Roberta Grossman (Blessed Is the Match, Hava Nagila-The Movie) with cinematography by Harris Done (The Last Days), special effects by Industrial Light & Magic and an original score from Hans Zimmer’s studio.
Not Rated
Documentary, History
Roberta Grossman

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