Cohen on the Bridge: Rescue at Entebbe

Back to shorts I liked from ShortFest, part of the Palm Springs International Film Festivals.

“Cohen on the Bridge” refers to someone who arrives to save you from certain death. It’s a quirky phrase that means a great deal personally to the family of filmmaker Andrew Wainrib, who had relatives saved by one European “Cohen on the Bridge” during World War II.

This short is a black and white computer animated documentary about the 1976 Entebbe rescue, where Israeli Jews were held hostage at the airport in Uganda. This is a true life guns and planes hero story, better than any summer blockbuster because it’s true. The film builds so well, it had me on the edge of my seat for all 21 minutes. I also loved how the filmmaker personalized the story and brought us back at the end to the importance of “Cohen on the Bridge” and, by extension, that we all have Cohens in our lives. See it if you get a chance. The technology to do this is awesome. Here’s a video on the making of the film.

Cohen on the Bridge website

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~ by jimarnoldla on August 18, 2010.

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