“A sweeping tome of Israeli politics and history” – Hilary Clinton
“Offers important lessons for the future” – Benjamin Netanyahu
“An extremely important work” – Shimon Peres
The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers is the 13th release by Moriah Films, the Academy Award‐winning documentary filmmaking division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Based on the best‐ selling book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers takes the audience inside the offices of Israel’s Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note‐taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres.
The first of two parts, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers focuses on Ambassador Avner’s years working with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and then US Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin and reveals new details about the Six‐Day War, the development of Israel’s close strategic relationship with the United States, the fight against terrorism, the Yom Kippur War and its aftermath.
In the spring of 2014, the second film based on Ambassador Avner’s book, The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers, will be released, examining Ambassador Avner’s experiences with Prime Ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres as well as his service as Israel’s Ambassador to England.
Weaving a rich tapestry of history and personal testimonies, The Prime Ministers brings some of the most important events of the 20th and 21st centuries to life. Starring the voices of Sandra Bullock, Michael Douglas, Leonard Nimoy and Christoph Waltz, The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers is written, produced and directed by Academy Award winner Richard Trank. Grammy and Emmy winner Lee Holdridge composed and conducted the films’ original score.
Trank notes “learning the history, not only of Israel but of some of the most significant events of the 20th century through Ambassador Avner’s eyes has not only been fascinating but transformative.”
The film is opening March 7 and runs through March 13 at the AMC Hoffman Center 22, 206 Swamp Fox Road, Alexandria, VA 22314.