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

US Release

09/19/1997

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Cast

Morgan Freeman Narrator / Narrator (voice)
Martin Landau (voice)
Sean Astin Earl G. Harrison, Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization / Earl G. Harrison, Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization (voice)
Miriam Margolyes (voice)
David Paymer (voice)
Nina Siemaszko (voice)
Helen Slater (voice)
Michael York (voice)
Edward Asner George Patton / Immigrant to USA / David Ben-Gurion / Holocaust Survivor / Holocaust Survivor (voice)
Israel Lau Self - Chief Rabbi of Israel
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mark Jonathan Harris

Writers

Mark Jonathan Harris

Cast

Morgan Freeman Narrator / Narrator (voice)
Martin Landau (voice)
Sean Astin Earl G. Harrison, Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization / Earl G. Harrison, Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization (voice)
Miriam Margolyes (voice)
David Paymer (voice)
Nina Siemaszko (voice)
Helen Slater (voice)
Michael York (voice)
Edward Asner George Patton / Immigrant to USA / David Ben-Gurion / Holocaust Survivor / Holocaust Survivor (voice)
Israel Lau Self - Chief Rabbi of Israel
Livia Shacter Self - Auschwitz Survivor
Abraham Klausner Self - US Army Chaplain
Winston Churchill Self - on V-E Day with Bevin
Ernest Bevin Self - Speech After Labour Victory
Harry S. Truman Self - Lights Christmas Tree
Clement Attlee Self - Outside 10 Downing St.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Self - Visits Feldafing DP Camp
George S. Patton Self - Visits Feldafing DP Camp
Herbert Friedman Self - US Army Chaplain
Hermann Göring Self - on Trial, Testifies

Producers

Editors

Kate Amend

1998OscarBest Documentary, Features Won
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