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October 8, 2016 - Libraries Today, a publication of the Church & Synagogue Library Association, recently published a review of the Freedom Fighters of NILI. Here is a copy of the review: This documentary DVD chronicles the rebirth of Israel in the territory of Palestine. It details NILI, a secret pro-British spying organization that operated in areas under Turkish rule (Syria and Palestine) during World War One from 1915 to 1917. The Ottoman Empire had ruled the region since 1517, but was disintegrating about this time. One of the first Jewish settlements was founded at Zichron Ya’akov. Letters display Europe’s anti-Semitism, one of the causes of the mass migration of Jews. Historical events narrated in the film include the Ottoman oppression of Armenians, the 1915 locust plague and the work of Aaron Aaronsohn (1876-1919), a leading agricultural expert in Palestine. Aaronsohn used his position in agriculture to monitor Ottoman military movements. Some interviews were in Hebrew with English subtitles. Journalist Patricia Goldstone, author of Aaronsohn's Maps, provides analytical commentary. Background music integrates folk elements, such as klezmer. The DVD includes color, with black and white sequences, is in wide screen format and contains some still images. This somber video will be of interest to historians, agriculturalists, and geographers.


Aug 5, 2014
- Los Angeles, CA - Modified Entertainment, Inc. has announced the development of a feature film based on the espionage network, known as N.I.L.I.  Modified Entertainment, Inc. produced the documentary Freedom Fighters of NILI in 2013, which received a 2013 Bronze Telly Award and several screenings at film festivals.  Freedom Fighters of NILI is available for distribution through Seventh Art Releasing. The screenplay is written by director, Leora Chai, and will be producing as well.  "When I was growing up in Israel in the 1980s, the story of the Nili spies was required school reading, but unlike most assignments, this was a gripping, tension filled, history lesson which held me in thrall. I was captivated by the bravery of a brother and sister who risked their lives for love of country. I was inspired and intrigued to learn whatever I could. Over the years I have extensively researched the subject about NILI, and traveled numerous times to Israel to research and work with Aaronsohn foundation and archive. The extraordinary leadership and exploits of the Aaronsohns and their pro British spy ring (NILI) which operated in Palestine (then under Turkish rule) during World War I is the stuff of big screen drama. Theirs is a story which begs to be captured on film and I feel privileged to be involved in seeing that it does so," Chai said.


July 17, 2014 - FREEDOM FIGHTERS OF NILI will be making an appearance
on the SMALL SCREEN - TV!!!!!
Saturday JULY 26 @ 5pm on JLTV (Jewish Life Television).
For channels/stations near you, please check the website.


May 2, 2014, St. Petersburg, FL, USA 
- Freedom Fighters of NILI has been accepted for screening at the 2014 Sunscreen Film Festival, May 1- 4, 2014 in St. Petersburg, FL, USA. 

June 14, 2013
- Freedom Fighters of NILI received a 2013 Bronze Telly Award.
 March 12, 2013 - Freedom Fighters of NILI is now available for distribution through Seventh Art Releasing. Check out their website at www.7thart.com

Festival Info:

July 26, 2012, LONDON, UK - Freedom Fighters of NILI has been accepted for screening at the 2012 Portobello Film Festival, August 30 - September 16, 2012 in London, UK.

Genre: Documentary
Black & White and Color
76 Minutes
English & Hebrew with English Subtitles.
Country: USA

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