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Not a year after NASA suspended its shuttle program comes a film that explores the meaning of space travel to humanity. An Article of Hope tells the inspiring story of Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut to fly in space and one of seven crew who perished in the 2003 Space Shuttle Columbia accident. Among the items he took to space was a tiny torah that survived the Bergen-Belsen death camp in World War II. To Ramon, it was to be shared with the world as a symbol of survival. Daniel Cohen’s documentary deftly weaves together the journeys of Ramon and his bible into a narrative that is emotionally wrenching but hopeful—never mind that you know from the start how this tragic story ends.