Exodus, 1947, to Air Saturday on JLTV
|Created for JLTV by famed artist Peter Max|
EXODUS, 1947 is a remarkable one-hour documentary narrated by Morley Safer with a score by Ilan Rechtman. The film is a richly layered, constructed with first person accounts to recall events that shaped world history. After World War II, a group of young American citizens banded together in a clandestine effort to transport Holocaust survivors to then Palestine. On July 11, 1947, in the port of SÍte, France, 4,500 Jewish refugees were crammed into the hull of a decrepit steamship, later named Exodus 1947. A British blockade intercepted Exodus 1947 in international waters off the coast of now Israel. The tense standoff culminated in a direct attack by military personnel against the unarmed civilians on the famous ship. This highly publicized international incident heavily influenced the United Nations resolution authorizing the partitioning of Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states. Thus, the Exodus 1947 voyage acted as a catalyst in forming a new nation. It has been labeled as the "ship that launched a nation." The documentary also focuses on clandestine and illegal American efforts to finance and crew the most infamous of ten American ships that attempted to bring Jewish refugees to their Jewish Homeland. This extraordinary film was written, directed and produced by Elizabeth Rodgers and Robby Henson.
Exodus, 1947 airs prime time Saturday on JLTV's "Saturday Night at the Movies" at 8PM, 9PM and 11PM ET