HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL
Documentary | Israel, USA, Japan, South Korea (2017) | 92 minutes | English
SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 8:30 PM – ZINMAN HALL
This stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally eligible to play in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players – Jason Marquis, Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and Ryan Lavarnway – most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, and who never set foot in Israel. From Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations, the team does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.
DIRECTORS: SETH KRAMER, DANIEL A. MILLER, JEREMY NEWBERGER
POST FILM DISCUSSION: Facilliated by Wendy Honig, BRJFF Artistic Director. With Jason Marquis played for the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins and the Cincinnati Reds. He was Team Israel’s Ace Player at the 2017 Baseball Classic.
Sponsors: Wendy Honig, Lesley Rich, Bernice & Al Wenger