Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story
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Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story
USA, 2011, 84 Minute Running Time
Topics: Biopic, Drama, History, Jewish Interest, Political
Program: True Stories
Language: Hebrew,English English Sub-Titles

The story of the so-called Operation Entebbe by an elite squad of Israeli Defense Forces has been told numerous times, but perhaps never with the poignancy or insight of Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot's new documentary Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story. The high-risk mission to save Israeli hostages held by Arab terrorists at the Entebbe, Uganda airport has been hailed as an almost miraculous success, but it’s sometimes forgotten that it was not without casualties. Gruber and Pinchot tell the story from the perspective of squad leader Yoni Netanyahu, older brother of the current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The filmmakers masterfully tell the parallel narratives of the planning and execution of the raid alongside Yoni’s life story. Personal testimonials from family members (including surprisingly intimate and heartfelt words from Benjamin), Israeli leaders, and comrades add context to the gripping archival footage. But the words of Yoni himself, taken from his letters to family and the women he loved, are what give the story a poetical beauty, enduring power and universal truth.

Director Ari Pinchot and Director Jonathon Gruber are expected to attend both screenings.

DIRECTOR: Jonathan Gruber, Ari Daniel Pinchot
Producer: Jonathan Gruber, Ari Pinchot, Stuart Savitsky, Mark Manson
Editor: David Grossbach
Screenwriter: Jonathan Gruber
Cinematographer: Dave Goulding
Music: Charlie Barnett
Principal Cast: Yoni Netanyahu, Benjamin Netanyahu, Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, Yitzhak Rabin,
Filmography: Gruber: Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray (2011), Life is a Banquet: The Rosalind Russell Story (2009)
Pinchot: Debut Feature
Print Source: The Film Sales Company -

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