'Til Kingdom Come

A rare look at the controversial alliance between America’s Evangelical Christians and the State of Israel.

Series
Independent Lens
Producer/Director

Maya Zinshtein

Maya Zinshtein is an Israeli filmmaker and journalist, who emigrated from Russia during her childhood and is now living in Tel Aviv. She holds a BA in Cinema and French studies, and an MA in Security and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University. She has produced multiple documentaries, including Thieves by Law (by Alexander Gentelev, ARTE/ZDF), the inside story Show more of Russian Mafia; and Operation Successor (By Alexander Gentelev, Channel 1, Israel), about the 2008 presidential elections in Russia. For years as an investigative journalist (Haaretz newspaper) she covered many of the ills of Israeli society and directed investigative stories for Israeli channels. Show less

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Co-Producer

Abraham Troen

Abraham “Abie” Troen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker & D.O.P. He has led doc projects in Israel, Kenya, India, Mexico, and the US, his work screened at TIFF, SXSW, Doc NYC, IDFA, and online for National Geographic, Vanity Fair, CNE, and Out Magazine. Abie studied at the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem and Brandeis University before Show more receiving an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. There he was awarded the Annenberg Fellowship for specializing in documentary filmmaking. He currently resides in LA and films on both sides of the Atlantic. Show less

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The Film

Millions of American Evangelicals are praying for the State of Israel. Among them are the Binghams, a dynasty of Kentucky pastors, and their Evangelical congregants in an impoverished coal mining town. They donate sacrificially to Israel’s foremost philanthropic organization, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, because they fervently believe the Jews are crucial to Jesus’s return. This film traces this unusual relationship, from rural Kentucky to the halls of government in Washington, through the moving of the American Embassy to Jerusalem and the annexation plan of the West-Bank. With unparalleled access, the film exposes a stunning backstory of the Trump and Netanyahu administrations, where financial, political and messianic motivations intersect with the apocalyptic worldview that is insistently reshaping American foreign policy toward Israel and the Middle-East.

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