In case you are uncertain as to whether you want to watch it, here is a preview that you can take a look at to help you make up your mind:
The documentary is directed by Daniel Cohen and produced by Christopher G. Cowen with Executive Producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog. The film was produced by Herzog & Company/HCO and West Street Productions and presented by Playtone.
Rabbi Schwartz will be showing the film in our religious school this Sunday, but you can watch it here in its entirety:
And here is the write-up on the documentary supplied by PBS:
Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope includes drawings from the concentration camp made in secret by a camp inmate, and archival NASA footage of the astronauts as they prepared for their mission. Interviewees include Ilan Ramon’s widow, Rona Ramon, and other Columbia crew family members; astronaut Garrett Reisman and other members of NASA’s space program; Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean; former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and many others. The film was shot on location throughout the world, from Jerusalem to the Kennedy Space Center to Washington, D.C.
“The story takes you on a journey of the human spirit,” director Daniel Cohen said. “It is an extraordinary tale of hope for the future, in the face of tragedy.”
This is truly a story capturing the spirit of Hatikvah, from the darkest night of the Shoah, to the bright light of the stars up in the heavens.