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Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Profanity:Mild language
Nudity/Sex:Mild
Alcohol/Drugs:Mild
Violence/Scariness:Wartime violence
Diversity Issues:A theme of the film
Movie Release Date:May 5, 2012
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Profanity: Mild language
Nudity/Sex: Mild
Alcohol/Drugs: Mild
Violence/Scariness: Wartime violence
Diversity Issues: A theme of the film
Movie Release Date: May 5, 2012

One of the most daring rescue missions of the post WWII era was the Raid on Entebbe in 1976.  Terrorist groups called the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the German Revolutionary Cells hijacked an Air France plane with 248 passengers aboard.  The flight was redirected to Uganda.  The non-Jewish passengers were released and the crew was released but insisted on staying.  They the Jewish passengers were held hostage while the hijackers demanded the release of 53 convicted terrorists from Israeli prisons.  The Israelis were given 48 hours to respond.  The commando mission was led by 30-year-old Lt. Col. Yonatan (Yoni) Netanyahu, older brother of the man who would become Israeli’s Prime Minister.  All but two hostages were rescued and all eight terrorists killed in an expertly conducted mission that took just 58 minutes.  All of the Israeli soldiers survived except for Yoni whose heroism and dedication were celebrated throughout the world.  This thoughtful and stirring documentary tells his story.

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The film draws on Yoni’s own words, which described the conflicts he felt about being a soldier and his passionate devotion to Israel, and on interviews with his family, his wife of four years, and the woman he was living with at the time of his death, and archival footage that shows us his gallantry and spirit.

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This is a touching and inspiring story, powerfully told.  Those who die young, especially those who sacrifice themselves to save others, are often reduced in memory to a name on a memorial or elevated to superhuman proportions to protect us from thinking about how we might measure up.  This movie is filled with warm memories and specific details about a real person and what makes it so compelling is the reminder that by the time it ends we feel not just the admiration for his heroism but the sharp pain of his loss.

 

 

  • Kevin L.

    A small correction: You note “The crew and non-Jewish passengers were released …”. While this is true, it should be noted the Air France crew refused to leave unless all the passengers were released. The captain was, in turn, reprimanded by the airline for not leaving when he had a chance, then awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government.

    • Nell Minow

      Quite right, Kevin. I will make the correction. Many thanks.

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