President Shimon Peres meets with US President Barack Obama, March 20, 2013. .
(photo credit: AMOS BEN-GERSHOM/GPO)
A singing superstar and a former US president are among the many luminaries who paid tribute to former president Shimon Peres when he died last year.
Now, they’ll be doing so on film.
Moriah Films, a division of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is finishing up a documentary about the Israeli politician, to be directed by Oscar-winner Richard Trank.
The film is slated to be titled Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Moriah Films began work on the documentary before Peres died in September.
They managed to film 60 hours of interviews with the man who served as president, prime minister, foreign minister, defense minister and more.
Barack Obama and Barbra Streisand will appear in the tribute along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former US president Bill Clinton, former UK prime minister Tony Blair, and more.
In a clip from the film posted by the Hollywood Reporter
, Obama recalls meeting Peres for the first time as a US senator.
“The graciousness with which he received me, the genuine interest he had taken in my campaign, the degree to which he expressed hope that the kind of optimistic politics that I was trying to represent was something that could be duplicated and captured in the Middle East, particularly my appeal to young people – it was, I think a great and flattering moment for me,” Obama said.
Trank’s most recent film, also for Moriah films, was 2015’s The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers
– a follow-up to his 2013 documentary The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers
. The films were based on veteran diplomat Yehuda Avner’s 2010 book.
Trank has also directed films about Theodor Herzl, Simon Wiesenthal and Winston Churchill.
He won an Academy Award in 1997 for The Long Way Home
, which followed Jewish refugees after the Holocaust until the establishment of the State of Israel.