The 15th Annual
Rutgers Jewish Film Festival
October 29 - November 9, 2014
Ticket sales begin Sunday, September 28.
Opening night film announced!
Above and Beyond
East Coast Premiere
USA, 2014, 89 minutes, English • Director: Roberta Grossman
In 1948, a group of pilots who were veterans of World War II volunteered to fight for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal, volunteers from abroad, they helped turn the tide of the war that threatened to annihilate Israel at the very moment of its birth, and they laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. The film presents historical footage and new interviews with pilots from the 1948 war to present an extraordinary, little-known episode in Israel’s history.
Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m.
Special guest: Nancy Spielberg, producer
Closing night film announced!
The Green Prince
UK/Germany/Israel, 2014, 101 minutes, English and Hebrew with English subtitles • Director: Nadav Schirman
Audience Award, World Cinema: Documentary, Sundance Film Festival, 2014
The Green Prince presents such an extraordinary story that one is tempted to think it is fiction. Disillusioned by Hamas’s ruthless tactics, Palestinian Mosab Hassan Yousef agrees to spy for Israel. The film follows the complex relationship between Yousef, coping with shame and conflicting personal responsibilities, and his Shin Bet handler, Gonen Ben Yitzhak, now “operating” the oldest son of a founding member of Hamas. Director Nadav Schirman builds superb tension throughout the historical and personal drama and the film’s surprisingly emotional journey. The film is based on Yousef’s memoir, Son of Hamas.
Sunday, November 9, 7:00 p.m.