Blessed Is the Match: New Docu about Israeli Heroine, Hannah Senesh

Narrated by three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen, Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh 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 Jews in her native Hungary. Shockingly, it was the only military 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.  

Blessed is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh will open in New York and additional markets in January and February 2009.  The film is directed by Roberta Grossman.

The film is in English, and is unrated with a running time of 86 minutes.