WHO SHOT MY FATHER? THE STORY OF JOE ALON
Mi Ratzach et Aba
Israel, 2011, documentary
English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Liora Amir Barmatz
On a summer night in 1973, Colonel Joe Alon, the Israeli Air Force Attaché at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC, returned home from a party with his wife and was shot and killed in front of his Chevy Chase home while his daughters slept inside. At his funeral in Israel, then Defense Minister Moshe Dayan vowed that Israel would tirelessly pursue Alon’s murderers. And yet, more than 30 years later, this is still a story of international mystery and intrigue. Alon’s three daughters courageously try to uncover the secrets behind the never-solved murder of their father, a Holocaust survivor and one of the founders of the Israeli Air Force. Archival footage and photos along with riveting interviews with FBI agents, Mossad chiefs and other high-ranking personnel are set against a family’s own story of unresolved personal anguish.
POST-FILM DISCUSSION WITH Director, Liora Amir Barmatz; Rachel Alon-Margalit and Yael Alon-Rosenshain, daughters of Joe Alon; Fred Burton, Author, Chasing Shadows: A Special Agent's Lifelong Hunt to Bring a Cold War Assassin to Justice; moderated by International Correspondent Dan Raviv
CO-SPONSORED BY the Embassy of Israel and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington