LIVE OR DIE IN ENTEBBE
(Vivre ou Mourir à Entebbe)
Director and Producer: Eyal Boers / Israel 2012
Associate Producer: Michael Treves: JMT Films
Co-Produced: with SRC – Télévision Radio Canada: Commissioning Editor: Jean Pelletier
Supported by: IBA, Israeli Television: Commissioning Editor: Itay Nevo Landsberg
Language: Hebrew, French, English.
Length: 52 minutes
In June 1976, an Air France flight was hijacked by German and Palestinian terrorists who diverted the flight to Entebbe airport in Uganda. A week later, Israeli planes flew 4000 kilometers over hostile territory to Entebbe and in less than 60 minutes Israeli commandos stormed the premises and rescued more than 100 hostages. ”Operation Entebbe” is considered as one of the most brilliant military rescue operations in military history. It put a temporary stop to plane hijacking as a means for terrorist groups to impose their demands. However, those who were not saved by this rescue operation have been almost totally forgotten. Four hijacked persons did not survive the raid, among them Jean-Jacques Mimouni, a 19 year-old French-Israeli hostage, who died during the operation in mysterious circumstances. Israel’s most heroic myth is the Mimouni family’s greatest tragedy.
In “Live or Die in Entebbe,” Eyal Boers examines the rescue operation from a new angle and accompanies Mimouni’s nephew, Yonathan Khayat, on a personal journey of reconstruction that is complemented by many eyewitness testimonies.