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Q: Documentary Film ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Documentary Film
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: hazina-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 25 Jul 2002 14:58 PDT
Expires: 24 Aug 2002 14:58 PDT
Question ID: 45168
Where can I find information about or a copy of a documentary film titled "the
Jesus Christ airline" about relief flights into Biafra during the
Nigerian Civil War
Subject: Re: Documentary Film
Answered By: j_philipp-ga on 25 Jul 2002 15:59 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello Hazina,

The film "Jesus Christ Airlines" is a 59 minutes documentary made by
Moonbeam Films for Denmarks Radio TV and Channel 4:
"A documentary concerning the airlift of food into Biafra in the late
60's during the war with Nigeria."

A Dutch site lists the credits:

  Directed and written by: Lasse Jensen/ Anne Reevell
  Produced by: Marie-Louise Larsen 
  Camera: Nili Aslan, Henrik Bohn Ipsen
  Music: Hening Wedege et al

The following German language page goes into great details:

ORF channel - Jesus Christ Airlines

This source reveals the airline in question was JCA, for Joint Church
Aid -- but the pilots would only refer to it as Jesus Christ Airlines.
They were flying during the so-called Biafra conflict of the Nigeria
civil war (1967-70). Starting point for their flights was the former
Portuguese colony Sao Tom, less than an hour from the destination.

The operation ended after 18 month, with about 5000 flights and 60,000
tons of food aid being delivered, saving about 1 Million people. 13 of
the amateur pilots -- many of them priests -- lost their lifes during
a mission that was officially illegal, but had the blessings of the

30 years after, Danish director Lasse Jensen brought a group of the
flight veterans back to the island; among them ex-BBC reporter (and
now world-famous writer) Frederick Forsyth.

You can buy the film at this Danish site (for the page to work,
JavaScript must be enabled in your browser):

Also there is a book written on the subject which you can buy at - Airlift to Biafra: Breaching the Blockade (by Tony Byrne)

The following page gives more information:
"Tony Byrne, a Holy Ghost Father, initiated the Joint Church Aid
airlift which through the course of the war managed to save countless
children's lives, and helped inspire future aid operations throughout
the world. After the war it was decided that due to political
sensitivity, members of JCA would wait 25-30 years before telling
their unique story. Tony Byrne has now written that book, and Andrew
Lawless spoke both to him and novelist Frederick Forsyth (an
international correspondent in Biafra at the time) at the launch of
Airlift to Biafra."

Hope this helps!

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