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Pelham's Picture House Screens Film On Pilots Who Aided Israelis in '48 War

Nancy Spielberg's documentary, "Above and Beyond," will be playing at The Picture House in Pelham on March 25.
Nancy Spielberg's documentary, "Above and Beyond," will be playing at The Picture House in Pelham on March 25. Photo Credit: Contributed

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Picture House will be presenting the documentary “Above and Beyond,” with a post-film discussion with producer Nancy Spielberg on Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, “Above and Beyond” brings together new interviews with the pilots, as well as stunning aerial footage, to present a fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism, and high-flying chutzpah. The film follows the pilots on their circuitous route from the United States – where they met and trained in secret and struggled to stay two steps ahead of the FBI – to Panama, Italy and Czechoslovakia, where they flew versions of the very Nazi planes they had tried to shoot down in World War II.

An accomplished businesswoman, fundraiser, and philanthropist, Nancy Spielberg has in recent years turned her energy and talents to producing documentary films. Spielberg grew up surrounded by the film industry, where she worked on her brother Steven’s early films. She attended Arizona State University and UCLA and, after moving to New York, studied film at Sarah Lawrence College and the New School in New York.

The Picture House is at 175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham.

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