Film Fest Opening Night: Heading Home: A Tale of Team Israel
9 June 2020 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
2018 • 86 min. • Documentary • English
The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land, where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.
Winner: Audience Favorite @ 2019 Harrisburg JFF; Best Documentary @ Cherry Hill Volvo Cars JFF at the New Jersey Katz JCC; Audience Favorite Award, Cincinnati’s 2019 Mayerson JCC J&IFF; Best Documentary @ 2018 Gold Coast IFF; Best Documentary @ 2018 JA&FF of Fairfield County; Audience Award @ 2018 Philadelphia JFF; Audience Award @ 2018 Washington DC JFF; Best Documentary @ 2018 Boca Raton JFF.