Directed by: Dani Menkin
115 minutes, 2020, Documentary; Israel Film Center Festival; Sports
Festival year: 2020
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.