Contributed by Shoshana Weiss, CAMERA’s Dragons for Israel CCAP liaison:
A Hero In Heaven is a highly impactful film for university students of any kind. While focusing on the life of Michael Levin, a young man from Philadelphia who volunteered for the Israeli army, this film inspires Zionism, a deep love for Israel, and an appreciation for Michael’s life. The film truly resonates with students as they can connect with his seemingly normal American childhood. Specifically, this documentary is a great fit for universities in the Delaware Valley as there are many references to Michael’s hometown area that further relates with students.
At Drexel, we paired the film with a question and answer session with Michael’s older sister. This allowed students to engage and unwind after the poignant documentary. Immediately after the film, students were overwhelmed with emotion and sorrow as they learn of Michael’s passing. However, by the time they left they were rejuvenated with a newfound sense of Zionism as they remember Michael’s steadfast love of Israel.
The film, below, was shown as part of DFI’s Israel Peace Week, in which over 100 students took part.