SUMMIT, NJ - The Film Society of Summit will screen 'Heading Home: the Tale of Team Israel' -- which chronicles the underdog journey of the Israel national baseball team that competed for the first time in the World Baseball Classic -- on May 19, beginning at 5 p.m. A post-film discussion follows the film's showing, featuring Director Seth Kramer and Mark Rattner, Chair of Project Baseball for the Jewish National Fund.
A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, 'Heading Home' shows that -- after years of defeat -- Team Israel is finally ranked among the world's best in 2017, eligible to compete 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, let alone having ever set foot in Israel.
The team's 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. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.
The program will be held at MONDO located at 426 Springfield Avenue. Tickets, priced at $12 in advance and $14 at the door, can be reserved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or purchasing at the venue. Seating is limited.