Film Screening: “Above and Beyond,” about birth of the Israeli Air Force, on Mon., Nov. 2—RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! (Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom & JCC of Greater New Haven)

Above_Beyond_flyer_WebBest Video Film & Cultural Center will screen the Nancy Spielberg documentary “Above and Beyond” on Monday, Nov. 2, at 7 PM. According to a New York Times review, “Produced by Nancy Spielberg (sister of Steven Spielberg), the documentary ‘Above and Beyond’ recounts the story of Jewish American pilots who, beginning in 1948, secretly fought for Israel in its war of independence, when the Israeli military was nascent.” The screening is co-sponsored by Temple Beth Sholom—Temple members may attend for free; admission is $7 for others—and the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven.

Reservations are highly recommended—it is possible that this screening will sell out.

Best Video owner Hank Paper says, “Among the many good films I saw at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, this was the best and most powerful—as incredible a story as the Israeli victory it enabled.”

In 1948, in secret and at great personal risk, a ragtag group of veteran American fighter pilots smuggled planes into Israel and piloted them in its war of Independence—turning the tide of war, embarking on personal journeys of discovery—and founding the Israeli Air Force. This is as much an American story as an Israeli one.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Wednesday, Oct. 28. CLASSICAL: HAVEN STRING QUARTET

• Thursday, Oct. 29. SYNTH POP/ROCK: MISSION ZERO

• Friday, Oct. 30. HALLOWEEN SILENT FILM SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE: LIGHT UPON BLIGHT

• Monday, Nov. 2. FILM SCREENING: “ABOVE AND BEYOND”

• Wednesday, Nov. 4. OLD TIMEY/SWING: THE ZuZAZZ STRING ORKESTRA

• Thursday, Nov. 5. INDIE POP: LAMONT/PLAYFIGHT

• Friday, Nov. 6. RAGTIME/BLUES: THE RED HOTS

• Friday, Nov. 13. BRAZILIAN MUSIC: SAMBELEZA

• Wednesday, Nov. 18. FILM SCREENING: THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (1962)

• Thursday, Nov. 19. DARK FOLK: ELISA FLYNN; SOUL PUNK: AN HISTORIC

• Friday, Nov. 20. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SABRINA TRUEHEART

• Sunday, Nov. 22. FILM SCREENING/BLACK LIVES MATTER BENEFIT: “ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT”

• Thursday, Dec. 3. ELECTRONIC: AVMUS

• Friday, Dec. 4. CLASSICAL: RAVENNA MICHALSEN & BETHANY WILDER

• Thursday, Dec. 10. BLUES/FOLK/COUNTRY: CODA BLUE