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The 15th Annual
Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

October 29 - November 9, 2014

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM
Above and Beyond
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.

BEST DRAMATIC FILM
24 DAYS
Director: Alexandre Arcady

French director Alexandre Arcady (Five Brothers) offers a gripping and carefully plotted thriller based on the true story of the kidnapping of Ilan Halimi in a Paris suburb by the “Gang of Barbarians,” who demand a huge ransom since they assume that all Jews have money. Based on the book by Ilan’s mother, Ruth, the film follows the police as they search for Ilan, and it portrays the family under the immense pressure of
possibly losing their son.

 

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