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Filmmaker to Present Inspiring Story of Israeli Astronaut in Ithaca College Screening

ITHACA, NY — Filmmaker Dan Cohen will show and discuss his inspiring documentary “An Article of Hope” at Ithaca College on Monday, April 21. Free and open to the public, the screening will be held at 7 p.m. in room 281, Roy H. Park Hall.

“An Article of Hope” is the remarkable true story of Colonel Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut, and the miniature Torah that he carried with him on the Space Shuttle Columbia. The shuttle disintegrated while re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere following a 16-day mission in 2003, killing Ramon and the other six crew members aboard.

The tiny scroll had been smuggled into a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust and was given to Ramon by a survivor to carry into space. Despite the mission’s tragic ending, the scroll had earlier received the global attention Ramon was hoping for when he held it before the camera during a live feed from the shuttle.

Seven years in the making, Cohen’s film includes a mix of archival footage and interviews with Ramon’s NASA colleagues, Israeli scientists, friends and family. The documentary has won honors at several film festival screenings in the U.S. and Hong Kong.

A 1976 graduate of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, Cohen is the founder of the documentary film and production company West Street Productions. His lengthy career as a broadcast journalist and news producer has taken him around the world, from remote cities in South America and Florida’s shuttle launch pad to the presidential campaign trail and the Arctic ice. His work has been recognized with five Emmy Awards and numerous nominations, as well as honors from the Associated Press.

The event is sponsored by Hillel at Ithaca College as part of its Holocaust Education Series. For more information, contact Hillel director Igor Khokhlov at