In this film, you see a side of Israel most do not usually see when reading newspapers or opinion pieces. While the Entebbe raid is the backdrop, and is the opening and closing features of the life of this celebrated hero, the writers used Netanyahu’s poetry to his wife, letters of pain and wonder to his parents and brothers, and interviews with many who were pivotal in his life to show the depth and thoughtfulness of the man. It contains some of the last images and comments of Benzion Netanyahu, Yoni’s father, who passed away in April, speaking warmly and proudly of his son, and serves as a tribute to him as well.
The movie offers a new perspective on the individuals who make up the country, showing reflection and personal struggle, both as to the politics and the land itself, as well as the need to fight for survival. This depiction truly enhances the image of the Jewish state by offering insight into the mind of someone we all figured until now to be a military figure. He was that and was more: he was a poet, a prolific writer, a dreamer and someone who was deeply conflicted over the mission he knew he had to devote his life to accomplishing – ensuring Israel’s survival.
The film production is a private venture that promotes the best of Israel, and the business model used helps to create other projects that aim to do the same. With these types of ventures, Israel will be well spoken for. See the film if you can.
About the Author:Juda Engelmayer is an executive with the NY PR agency, 5WPR
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Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story is a documentary about the life of a true Israeli hero. But the film is not a mere recounting of the famous Entebbe Raid, it is an honest retrospective of the life of the young, academic, passionate and poetic son, brother, friend, boyfriend, and husband Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu. And it shows a side of Israel that a ‘Hasbara’ campaign can’t capture.