The Prime Ministers Adapts Yehuda Avner’s Book for the Screen

The Prime Ministers is a two-part documentary that brought Yehuda Avner’s book to the screen over the course of a few years. Nowadays, this two-part documentary–Pioneers and Soldiers and Peacemakers–would probably be released as a documentary series. Instead, both parts–running close to four hours combined–were released in 2013 and 2015. It covers some events featured in other Moriah Films documentaries but that’s just the nature of Israeli documentaries at this point. For instance, In Search…

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In Search of Peace Focuses on 1948-1967

In Search of Peace is a documentary that takes a look at the first two decades of Israel’s existence, starting with its 1948 founding. Filmmaker Richard Trank bases his script on original material written by both Sir Martin Gilbert and Rabbi Marvin Hier. I like to think that I’m pretty knowledgeable about Israeli history–the key events at the very least. However, the film did fill some blank spots for me. I’m not going to dive…

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It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl

It Is No Dream: The Life of Theodor Herzl chronicles the life of Herzl as he becomes the modern-day founder of Zionism. The title itself comes from the saying, “If you will it, it is no dream.” A Jewish state didn’t seem like a reality in his day but he paved the way for Jews to return home from Europe and elsewhere. Obviously, there were a number of roadblocks along the way but the tragic…

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Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres

Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres is a biographical documentary of one of Israel’s greatest leaders. I’m several months late to watching the documentary but I decided to do so in honor of Israel’s 75th birthday on 5 Iyar, which in the Jewish calendar is known as Yom Ha’atzmaut. If you’re familiar with Shimon Peres, there’s a chance that you probably won’t learn anything new. Regardless, George Clooney’s narration and Peres’…

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Against the Tide: How Peter Bergson Saved Jews

Peter Bergson’s name might seem forgotten to history but Against the Tide shows his efforts in trying to save European Jewry. Rabbi Stephen Wise held a press conference in Washington, D.C. on November 24, 1942. It followed the State Department’s confirmation that Jews were being killed by the Nazis in Europe. You would think it would be major news, right? I mean, it was also the first time that the Nazi’s plan for the Jews…

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