Directed by: Dani Menkin
115 minutes, 2020, Sports; Documentary
Festival year: 2020
Film will be available to stream online June 7, 7PM EDT – June 14, 11:59PM EDT with ticket purchase. Tickets include access to the film and live virtual Q+A (taking place via Zoom).
Q+A and Closing Night remarks: Sun, June 14, 6 PM EDT
The story of a remarkable athlete who captured the spirit of a nation, and how he ultimately triumphed despite the odds. In the summer of 1976, Aulcie Perry was spotted by a scout for Maccabi Tel Aviv while playing basketball in Harlem, and was signed immediately. Just a year later, Perry, who took the Israeli basketball team to their first European championship, started dating supermodel Tami Ben Ami, converted to Judaism, and became one of Israel’s biggest athletes. But not all was well behind the scenes.