“Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” with Director Daniel A. Miller
A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL 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 finally ranked among the world’s best in 2017, eligible to play in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players—Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway—most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, and never having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations. As their “Mensch on a Bench” mascot tags along, the team does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage. The film won the Audience Award Washington DC Jewish Film Festival, the Audience Award at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and the Best Documentary at the Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival.
Running Time: 87 Minutes
Guest Speaker for Q&A: Co-Director Daniel A. Miller
–This film is sponsored by the The Preserve at Indian Hills – a special golf course community for residents 55 and better and Temple Isaiah, Stony Brook.
–Hospitality donated by Duck Donuts (Hauppauge, NY) before the screening!
Items for our gift basket raffle provided by the Long Island Ducks!
—Individual General Admission Advance Tickets: $8 at: portjeffdocumentaryseries.com
–Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the screening (no credit cards, please).