Hannah Senesh: Blessed is the Match

Dir. Roberta Grossman | 86 min
Documentary United States 2008

Sunday, May 65:45 PM AFI Silver Theatre

Special 10th Anniversary Screening, with introduction by Roberta Grossman

In 1944, 22-year-old Hannah Senesh parachuted into Nazi-occupied Europe with a small group of Jewish volunteers from Palestine.

Theirs was the only military rescue mission for Jews that occurred in World War II. Narrated by Academy Award®-winner Joan Allen, the multi-award-winning film follows the remarkable journey of this young Hungarian poet and diarist, paratrooper, and resistance fighter.

Co-presented by the Foundation for Jewish Studies Generation After


Roberta Grossman is an award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed, and produced more than 40 hours of film and television. Grossman’s 2012 Hava Nagila (The Movie) uses the song “Hava Nagila” as a portal into 150 years of Jewish history, culture, and spirituality. Hannah Senesh: Blessed Is the Match, Grossman’s 2008 film, was shortlisted for an Academy Award, aired on PBS, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy.

In 2014, Grossman completed Above and Beyond with producer Nancy Spielberg, about the Jewish-American WWII pilots who volunteered to fight in Israel’s War of Independence. Most recently, Grossman teamed with Sophie Sartain to co-direct the Netflix documentary Seeing Allred, which premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

She also produced Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning500 Nations, and Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action.




This event finished on May 7, 2018.