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Directed by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger

USA / Israel / Japan / South Korea, 2018

Documentary

English

86 minutes

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home 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 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. 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. 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.

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

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Awards

Winner - Audience Favorite Award

Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival 2019

 

Winner - Best Documentary

Cherry Hill Volvo Cars Jewish Film Festival at the Katz JCC 2019

 

Winner - Audience Favorite Award

Cincinnati's Mayerson JCC Jewish & Israeli Film Festival 2019

 

Winner - Best Documentary

Gold Coast International Film Festival 2018

 

Winner - Best Documentary

Jewish Arts and Film Festival of Fairfield County 2018

Winner - Audience Award

Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2018

Winner - Audience Award

Washington DC Jewish Film Festival 2018

Winner - Best Documentary

Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival 2018