The Denver Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by Sturm Family Foundation, is proud to celebrate Israel with the Denver premiere of HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL.
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.
After the film, join us for a Q&A with Jamie Lavarnway, Ryan Lavarnway’s wife, who is from Denver and went with Ryan to the World Baseball Classic.
No talking, texting, cell phone policy strictly enforced. All seats are reserved via a “pick your seat” model. No late seating. Full multi-course food and drink menu available – not a kosher kitchen.
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