In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help.

In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery, sacrifice and renewed Jewish pride.

Above and Beyond is their story.

The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the ’48 War, Above and Beyond brings together new interviews as well as stunning aerial footage to present a fascinating, little-known tale filled with heart, heroism and high-flying chutzpah.

Filmed in the U.S., Israel and the United Kingdom, Above and Beyond is produced by Nancy Spielberg (Elusive Justice) and directed by Roberta Grossman (Blessed Is the Match), with cinematography by Harris Done (The Last Days), special effects by Industrial Light and Magic and an original score from Hans Zimmer’s Studio.