TJFF Chai Tea & A Movie – Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air-Force

Toronto Jewish Film Festival



Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air-Force


Directed by Roberta Grossman

U.S.A. – RT: 89 minutes

Pilot Leon Frankel

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Back to back screenings

Times: 1:15pm & 4:15pm 

Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk, 5095 Yonge St. (North York Centre subway station)

Coffee and tea will be served in-theatre prior to screening

Tickets: $15 

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Who would have thought that the story behind the creation of the Israeli Air Force is more exciting than anything Hollywood could have imagined? The Toronto Jewish Film Festival is back with its popular monthly Chai Tea Movie Series. Kicking off the new season and making its Canadian premiere on October 19 is Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air-Force, produced by Nancy Spielberg (part of the famous filmmaking family). Screening back to back at the Cineplex Cinemas Empress Walk in Toronto, both showings will be highlighted with a discussion and Q & A with director Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie).

In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth; they also laid the groundwork for the Israeli Air Force. Above and Beyond is their story.

The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the War of Independence, Above and Beyond brings together new interviews with pilots from the ’48 War, as well as leading scholars and statesmen, including Shimon Peres. Even Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) is on hand to tell the story of his father, whose taste for rugged adventure was tested in the Israeli desert. This intelligent, funny, and enormously entertaining film presents an extraordinary, little-known tale that reverberates up to the present day.