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The Players

We have been filming throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Israel over the last few years, capturing on High Definition 4k video interviews with participants and locations that played a key role in the War of Independence.


Our film couldn’t be more timely against a background of world-wide anti-semitism, anti-Israel campus protests, and Israel as a pariah state. “Unlikely Heroes, The Men & Women Who Saved Israel” features the heroic stories by way of first hand accounts of these brave men and women. Young people, who fought against all odds, post-holocaust/World War 2 to create a safe homeland for Jews worldwide.

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Smoky Simon, Chief of Air Operations in Israel's War of Independence, Machal from South Africa, filmed in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Joel Schalit, Son of Elie Schalit, "Materials for Palestine," filmed in Berlin 
Danny Shapira, Israeli ace fighter pilot during the War of Independence, Six-Day War and Yom Kippur War, filmed in Haifa, Israel.
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Ann Bussell, Daughter of Sonneborn Institute member, Shepard Broad, responsible for outfitting refugee ships, filmed in Miami. 
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Marcia Wolman, Machal from South Africa, served as an Air Force meteorological instructor, filmed in Connecticut.
Martin Dvorak, Consulate General Czech Republic, filmed in New York City.
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Shaul Sapir, Palmach Mist'arvim (Hidden Arab), filmed in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
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Duke Labaczewski, Machal from New York, served on the Aliyah Bet refugee ship "Hatikvah," filmed in New Jersey.
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