Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story
Best Documentary, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
A film by Jonathan Gruber, Ari Daniel Pinchot
Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu story is an intimate journey into a young hero’s mind. The narration for this compelling film was drawn from Yonatan Netanyahu’s own letters and words, which are deeply moving through his deep-rooted introspection, self-understanding, and heartfelt passions.
JULY 4, 1976 ENTEBBE, UGANDA – Led by Lieutenant Colonel Yonatan Netanyahu, crack Israeli commandos race from their airplanes covered by the midnight darkness.
Methodically, they approach a non-descript airline terminal, burst inside, killing the stunned terrorists. It is all over in a few minutes.
103 hostages lift their heads and gratefully weep at the mesmerizing sight of their saviors rush out to board the transport planes waiting to evacuate the hostages to safety. During the mission, shots burst in the night — and a sharp cry for help is heard. That cry would become the cry of an entire nation, mourning the loss of its prodigal son…
Thirty-year-old Yonatan Netanyahu has been shot dead. After leading the dramatic raid to free the hostages at Entebbe, Yonatan Netanyahu becomes the “impossible mission’s” most tragic casualty. With his death, Yonatan became an international hero.
Drawn from Netanyahu’s own letters and words and featuring interviews with three Israeli Prime Ministers, Yoniʼs ex-wife (for the first time on film) and recently released audio from the Entebbe operation itself, Follow Me is an intimate journey into a young heroʼs mind. Follow Me tells both the story of a dramatic hijack and rescue but also the story of a young soldier of who struggled to find the balance between his family and the nation he loved.
Meet Ari Daniel Pinchot, Director of Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story Saturday night, July 7th, at 9:35pm for introduction and discussion of the film!
One hell of a story! An evocative testament to one of those people who are destined to linger in the memories of most everyone they encountered. Moving & compelling.
—Chuck Bosen, Slant Magazine
PROVOCATIVE and SPELLBINDING. One of the most POWERFUL films of the year.
—The NYC Movie Guru
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