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Bring Them Home!

Help us tell the true story of the disappearance, search and astounding discovery of Israel’s long lost submarine DAKAR—and inspire the next generations to greatness!
50 years ago this January—one day before they were to surface in Haifa—69 Israeli crewmen of the WWII British T-Class submarine DAKAR vanished without a trace. Their story and that of the people who never gave up on finding them will inspire the next generations of heroes. We need your help to bring it to life, and bring it to the public.

DAKAR: The Final Deep Dive

For 31 years, no one knew what happened to them. It took many leading experts—including those who found the Titanic—and the combined determination of the Israeli and American navies to finally bring them home. But what happened? Was it an accident, sabotage, or human error that sank the submarine? Experts have a theory, and our film will present it for the first time!

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Based in part on the book, “Never Forgotten: The Search and Discovery of Israel’s Lost Submarine DAKAR,” and with many hours of first-hand interviews, as well as actor reenactments, research and dramatic footage, this 60-minute television docu-drama will finally tell the story and let the world know what happened.

Our Mission

This is more than a movie. This is a mission to instill pride and values through extraordinary characters!

  • Pride in and a deeper connection to Israel
  • An appreciation to our servicemen on eternal patrol
  • To experience a prominent example of what it means to never give up on a goal

Why This Story Is So Important To Tell

This is more than just a fascinating story of a lost submarine that history fans around the world will enjoy.

  • This is a story of sailors on board of an ill fated submarine, on her maiden voyage, commemorated and honored, and brought to life by actors
  • This is a story of the team that came together to solve one of the great modern sea mysteries
  • This is a story of the alliance of the U.S. Navy and the Israeli Navy, working side-by-side for years to live up to their credo of leave no man behind, further underscoring the unbreakable bond between the two people
  • This is the story of real life heroes, honor and sacrifice that will inspire future generations

And that is exactly what it will do when it is broadcast on television, presented in schools, and shared with people around the world.

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Why We Need Your Help

Avi and his very small team dedicated much of the last seven years putting the story together–traveling, researching, interviewing and filming the people involved in the history and mystery of DAKAR. He has recruited some of the world’s best known ocean explorers, submarine and naval experts in order to recreate as accurate a picture as possible, and present a theory that has never been shared before.

Dozens of hours of footage have been recorded and assembled. Now, we need your help to finish shooting and assemble it all into a one-hour documentary. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of DAKAR’s ill-fated voyage, and in order to make it as powerful and impactful as it deserves, we need to see the crewmen on the submarine, connecting to them on a personal level to understand their bravery and sacrifice.

Where The Money Will Go

As there’s almost no archival material to work with, your donations will go towards producing new and original material.  Scenes that will show the drama of solving the mystery, as well as unique reenactments footage aboard the submarine and on Israel’s shores.  And of course, funding will also go towards the arduous task of editing the documentary.

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Your generosity will give voice to these servicemen who no longer have a voice.  Your support will memorialize these incredible characters, and provide those who survived them closure in knowing the memories of their loved ones will live on forever.

The discovery couldn’t have happened without the incredible support of the United States of America, standing with Israel in their mutual unwritten motto of “no man left behind.”

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2018-05-28
Henry Velez MD
$100
2018-04-23
Anonymous donor
$30
2018-04-16
Anonymous donor
$180
"To all the crew members, you are always in my thoughts."
2018-04-10
Anonymous donor
2018-04-06
Oded Raanan
$1000
2018-04-03
Anonymous donor
2018-04-03
YEHUDA FARHI
$29
2018-04-01
Anonymous donor
$72
2018-04-01
Anonymous donor
$72
2018-03-30
Anonymous donor
$54
2018-03-30
Anonymous donor
2018-03-28
Anonymous donor
$18
"Hatzlacha Rabba Avi!"
2018-03-19
Nauticos
$200
"Never Forgotten!"
2018-03-18
Anonymous donor
2018-03-15
Anonymous donor
$100
"Good luck"
2018-03-15
Uri
$54
2018-03-09
Anonymous donor
2018-03-08
Shawn Danziger
$180
"Good luck with hitting your goal. Will look forward to a completed project."
2018-03-08
Adam and Lara Mor
$54
2018-03-07
Anonymous donor
$100
2018-03-07
Zipi Shahar
"Remember the crew of Dakar"
2018-03-06
Pierre-Emmanuel Struyven
"I am glad to support this great project and encourage you to do the same."
2018-03-05
Anonymous donor
"Best of luck on telling this important piece of history to future generations. I wish you much Mazal and Success on the project."
2018-03-03
Golan and Liat Herskovitz
$180
"Good luck!"
2018-03-03
Anonymous donor
"To Admiral Zeev Almog who never stopped searching for the Dakar in spite if many disbelievers"
2018-03-02
Weizer Boaz
$72
2018-03-02
Oded Gour Lavie
2018-03-02
gaash yechiel
$100
2018-03-01
Anonymous donor
$25
"Good luck!"

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Film & Music | Israel Advocacy & Security

Help us tell an incredible true story and inspire the next generations of heroes!

$3,425   raised
GOAL: $180,000

30

 Donors

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Campaign by
Avi Strulson - Creator & Producer

I always had great respect for our servicemen, the heroes protecting our people, allowing us to be truly free. Since my early 20s, I've been on a mission to raise awareness on behalf of those servicemen missing in action, yet remaining an independent authority on the matter. I led an international campaign on behalf of Ron Arad for over a decade (an Israeli Prisoner of War held captive since 1986), and produced my first documentary film on his behalf which was aired on Israel’s national television (1995). As soon as I learned (2010) that the story of the lost crew of DAKAR and the people who dedicated years of their lives to find them has not been fully told, I founded Playback Pictures. Banking on my experiences as a former film director & screenwriter in the Israeli Air Force, I teamed up with world experts on the subject of submarines, ocean exploration and naval operations so that the true story about the disappearance, search and discovery of Israel's long-lost submarine DAKAR can finally be told. In our film, I am committed to feature larger than life characters who would fascinate, inspire, and fill you with great pride.

  • Donation - Remember the Crew of Dakar!
    5 claimed

    At this giving level, know your gift will contribute towards one hour of funding - make a statement to others at this level that shared efforts will create results. For every 5 donations of $54, you will fund one hour of filming.

  • Commemorate, educate and inspire!
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    The loss of the INS DAKAR in 1968, with sixty-nine Israeli sailors on board, was a national tragedy as well as a serious blow to Israeli maritime defense. For every 30 donations of $72, we will cover the costs for one day's worth of filming.

  • Recreate the story of the tragic loss and astounding discovery of the DAKAR
    6 claimed

    This giving level is likely to be the most popular giving level of the campaign. Think about it, 100 gifts of $180 will represent 10% of the campaign!

  • Friend
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    The greatest feeling to giving is knowing you've made an impact. 100 gifts of $360 represents 20% of the total campaign!

  • Patron
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    Partnership makes an impact. Your contribution will underwrite costs for 2 hours of filming.

  • Bronze Sponsor
    1 claimed

    Gifts at this level bring us that much close to actualizing the vision of Dakar. You can have a hand in bringing this incredible project to fruition. Your sponsorship entitles you to special recognition during in the documentary's credits.

  • Silver Sponsor
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    Join with others, who just like you, recognize the necessity of memorializing Dakar and its sailors. Gifts at this level are ESSENTIAL to creating the base of funding necessary to initiate Dakar's initial filming. Your contribution will be acknowledged along with others at your giving level as part of the film's credits.

  • Gold Sponsor
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    Through your generosity at the Gold level, you will join with others who believe in the mission of Dakar and honoring the lives of its sailors, providing the foundation for ensuring we give voice to the crew of Dakar who gave their lives for Medinat Yisrael. At this level, you will be acknowledged as a contributor to this project. Join with others, who just like you, recognize the necessity of memorializing Dakar and its sailors. Your contribution will be acknowledged along with others at your giving level as part of the film's credits. As a token of appreciation for your support, you will get a true museum quality replica scale model of the INS Dakar submarine. Each model is exquisitely crafted by master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany. Other parts are made from a variety of exotic woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate. A true one-of-a-kind item that you will be proud to display for years to come.

  • Platinum Sponsor
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    As a Platinum Sponsor, you will be among the vanguard of supporters who will make the dream of of memorializing Dakar a reality! At this level, you will receive credit as a core funder of this project. Join with others, who just like you, recognize the necessity of memorializing Dakar and its sailors. Your contribution will be acknowledged along with others at your giving level as part of the film's credits. As a token of appreciation for your support, you will get a true museum quality replica scale model of the INS Dakar submarine. Each model is exquisitely crafted by master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany. Other parts are made from a variety of exotic woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate. A true one-of-a-kind item that you will be proud to display for years to come.

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