NH JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL: ON THE MAP
(Not Rated 2017 85 min.)
ON THE MAP tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv's 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the of lens of sports, ON THE MAP presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amidst domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War.
The film recounts how an underdog Israeli basketball team prevailed over a series of European basketball powers, including CSKA Moscow (known in the West as Red Army), a team that repeatedly refused to compete against Israeli competitors. Moments after this highly charged and historic win, Israeli-American basketball hero Tal Brody became an indelible part of a young country's history when he famously said, Israel is ON THE MAP, not just in sport, but in everything.
Told through the eyes of six American basketball players who joined Maccabi and helped the club defeat top teams from Spain, Italy and the Soviet Union, the film features interviews with basketball icon Bill Walton (who had a unique personal connection to Brody) and former NBA Commissioner David Stern. ON THE MAP combines the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes thriller with an incendiary political backdrop to deliver a film that will mesmerize basketball fans and captures the spirit of a nation triumphant against all odds.
ON THE MAP also features incisive interviews with, among others, Michael Oren, Israel's former Ambassador to the United States, and Natan Sharansky, a notable Israeli politician who spent years imprisoned in Soviet jails.
All tickets are $15 and include the Festival Wrap Up Party
Jewish journeys begin at the 2017 NH Jewish Film Festival! In season nine, we bring new and exceptional cutting-edge Jewish-themed films from around the globe to movie lovers across our state.
The Festival is scheduled for eleven days, with eleven films and sixteen screenings in six NH cities. From Opening Night on Thursday, March 23, through our Film Festival “Wrap” Celebration on Sunday, April 2, let us entertain you!
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