The Long Way Home

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The Long Way Home is a 1997 American documentary film directed by Mark Jonathan Harris. It depicts the plight of Jewish refugees after World War II that contributed to the creation of the State of Israel. The film's emphasis is on the pitiful conditions... read more
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The Long Way Home is a 1997 American documentary film directed by Mark Jonathan Harris. It depicts the plight of Jewish refugees after World War II that contributed to the creation of the State of Israel. The film's emphasis is on the pitiful conditions for Jewish refugees in Europe after the war, as antisemitism was still rife and poverty was common. It also shows how emigration to the British Mandate of Palestine became a goal for many, but that British immigration rules often resulted in them being detained in camps in Cyprus. The eventual formation of the State of Israel is then shown, with emphasis on the debates in the White House between Palestinian Jews, President Harry S. Truman, and the United Nations. The Long Way Home is narrated by Morgan Freeman and features the voices of Edward Asner, Sean Astin, Martin Landau, Miriam Margolyes, David Paymer, Nina Siemaszko, Helen Slater, and Michael York. The film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1998.

Original Release

09/19/1997

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Cast

Directors

Mark Jonathan Harris

Writers

Mark Jonathan Harris

Cast

Morgan Freeman Narrator
Martin Landau Voice
Sean Astin Voice
Miriam Margolyes Voice
David Paymer Voice
Nina Siemaszko Voice
Helen Slater Voice
Michael York Voice
Edward Asner Voice
Israel Lau Himself - Chief Rabbi of Israel
Livia Shacter Herself - Auschwitz Survivor
Abraham Klausner Himself - US Army Chaplain
Winston Churchill Himself - on V-E Day with Bevin (archive footage)
Ernest Bevin Himself - Speech After Labour Victory (archive footage)
Harry S. Truman Himself - Lights Christmas Tree (archive footage)
Clement Attlee Himself - Outside 10 Downing St. (archive footage)
Dwight D. Eisenhower Himself - Visits Feldafing DP Camp (archive footage)
George S. Patton Himself - Visits Feldafing DP Camp (archive footage)
Herbert Friedman Himself - US Army Chaplain
Hermann Göring Himself - on Trial, Testifies (archive footage)

Producers

Editors

Kate Amend

1998 Oscar Best Documentary, Features Won
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