|Directed by:||Benjamin Ohry||Rating:||TV-PG|
|Release Date:||2010||Running Time:||80 min|
|Language:||Hebrew & English with English subtitles||Genre:||Documentary|
A story about personal strength and national dignity, this documentary reveals one of the best kept secrets of the British Mandate. In 1944, two hundred and fifty-one Etzel and Lehi prisoners were exiled to Eritrea. The new State of Israel was yet to be born, and a struggle was underway in British mandatory Palestine.
Sixty years later, the secret of how five of the gang leaders were able to escape their English captors in Africa and return to Israel is still a mystery. The Etzel and Lehi were pre-State militant groups who waged an armed struggle against the British who controlled the land. Five of the imprisoned group leaders went on to become leaders of the new Jewish State, including Yitzhak Shamir, the former prime minister, and Meir Shamgar, a president of the Israeli Supreme Court. Eritrea holds their story and the story of their British captors.
The film follows many of the original prisoners, as they travel back to Eritrea with their families. In Asmara, they search for their prison camp and for the tunnels they dug as part of their escape plan, which has never been found to this day. The voyage to Eritrea is dramatic and intense. A rare encounter in London, where the former prisoners met British generals who oversaw them in the Eritrean camps, is powerful and affecting.