The incredible true story of how a few former major league Jewish baseball players, many hailing from America, turned the unremarkable Israeli baseball team into an all-star team, is now being turned into a film called Heading Home: Tale of Team Israel.
The film follows the team’s journey as they compete in the World Baseball Classic where they wind up taking the sports world by storm. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017 with its roster of Jewish American major leaguers, most with a tenuous and complicated relationship to Judaism. Although many had never even been to Israel, they quickly became the pride of their adopted country. They also revitalized their reputation in South Korea as they went from has-beens to heroes.
“Before the World Baseball Classic, a group of players on Team Israel took their first trip to Israel to experience the country they would be representing,” explained Daniel Miller of Ironbound Films. “The bonds they forged on the trip—among each other and with their faith—contributed to their success on the field. Jews are generally not seen as athletes. The story of Team Israel inspires not only Jews who want to pursue sports, but also anyone who wants to pursue a dream outside what is expected of them.”
“After their trip to Israel, the players kvelled to play for Israel on the world stage. When Team Israel had its Cinderella run at the World Baseball Classic, a few of the players even became Chasidic! That was a joke. Seriously though, several of the players have become dual citizens of Israel in order to play for Israel’s Olympic baseball team.”
The members of Team Israel are now either still playing in the majors and minors, working in the front office of a major-league team, or have retired and still like to reminisce about their journey on the team.
Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger of Ironbound Films. The documentary will open in 13 theaters across New York and Los Angeles, including Landmark’s Quad Cinema in Manhattan and the Laemmle Royal in Los Angeles, beginning Friday, September 6th. The film world premiered at the 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, screened at more than 100 film festivals, and won Best Documentary at eight of them. The movie also had its theatrical premiere in Boston in December 2018 after the Red Sox won the World Series. It has since been selling out theaters and held over for multiple weeks in South Florida, Chicago, Toronto, Pittsburgh, and many more.
Check out HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAELstarting September 6th in New York at the following theatres:
Landmark’s Quad Cinema in Manhattan, Bow Tie Cinemas in White Plains, Cinema Arts Centre in
Huntington, Kew Gardens Cinemas, Malverne Cinema, and Roslyn Cinema; in New Jersey at
Maplewood Theaters and Bow Tie Clairidge Cinemas in Montclair; and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle
Royal, the Laemmle Town Center in Encino, Regal Edwards Westpark in Irvine, and Tristone Palm