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Narrated by Joan Allen, Blessed Is the Match is the first documentary feature about Hannah Senesh, the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern-day Joan of Arc. Safe in Palestine in 1944, Hannah joined a mission to rescue Hungary’s Jews. Shockingly, it was the only outside rescue mission for Jews during the Holocaust. Hannah parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis. Incredibly, her mother Catherine witnessed the entire ordeal – first as a prisoner with Hannah and later as her advocate, braving the bombed-out streets of Budapest in a desperate attempt to save her daughter.

With unprecedented access to the Senesh family archive, this powerful story unfolds through the writings and photographs of Hannah and Catherine Senesh.

Winner, Audience Award:
Festival Internacional de Cine Judio, Mexico
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
Houston Jewish Film Festival
Pittsburgh Jewish Israeli Film Festival
San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Denver Jewish Film Festival
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Washington Jewish Film Festival
Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival

Winner, Best Documentary
Garden State Film Festival
Tuscon Jewish Film Festival

Winner, Crystal Heart Award
Heartland Film Festival