On the Map

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Hey Jude Productions is proud to present the US Theatrical release of ON THE MAP, a documentary film written and directed by Israeli Academy Award winning filmmaker Dani Menkin (39 Pounds of Love, Dolphin Boy, Is That You?), produced by Dani Menkin and Jon Weinbach (The Other Dream Team, Kareem) and executive-produced by Roberta Grossman (Above and Beyond, Hava Nagila) and Nancy Spielberg (Above and Beyond). The film will open at Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles on November 25, and at Cinema Village in New York on December 9. A national release will follow. ON THE MAP tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv's 1977 win of the European Cup. Through the conduit of sports, ON THE MAP presents a much broader story of Israel and the Jewish people during the Cold War. The film recounts how the underdog Israeli basketball team prevailed over CSKA Moscow (known in the West as "Red Army") - a team that refused to play against Israel. Moments after this highly charged and historical win, Israeli-American basketball hero Tal Brody captured the heart of the young nation when he famously said, "Israel is ON THE MAP, not just in sport, but in everything." Told through the eyes of six American basketball players who joined Maccabi Tel Aviv and helped shape the team that beat Russia, and featuring interviews with NBA iconic legends Bill Walton and
 David Stern, ON THE MAP combines the pulse pounding action of a high-stakes game with an incendiary political situation to deliver a film that mesmerizes fans of the game and captures the spirit of a nation triumphant against all odds. ON THE MAP also features interviews with Michael Oren and Natan Sharansky, among others.

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  • "On the Map" is ... like a sleepy lecture during the last week of high school: You may hear some worthwhile information, but it's not going to stick.

    Apr 27, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The movie makes no attempt to engage any current situation, basking instead in a one-dimensional nostalgia.

    Dec 8, 2016 | Full Review…
  • While it won't come as much surprise to learn that On the Map ... is a feel-good Cinderella story, the real-life details are at least apropos of this kind of athletic fairy tale.

    Dec 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • On the Map, a documentary about Maccabi Tel Aviv's improbable success in the 1977 edition of the tourney, is a feel-good Cinderella story, the real-life details are at least apropo of this kind of athletic fairy tale.

    Nov 30, 2016 | Full Review…
  • There's no surer ingredient for a feel-good documentary than an inspirational sports story, and filmmaker Dani Menkin delivers one in spades with his recounting of the 1979 European Cup victory by the national Israeli basketball team.

    Nov 29, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Menkin has been especially thorough in telling this classic against-all-odds sports story.

    Nov 24, 2016 | Full Review…

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