On the Map

 

USA, 2016

Director: Dani Menkin

English and Hebrew with English subtitles

Documentary

85 minutes

 

ON THE MAP tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship, which took place when Israel was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre, and the 1976 Air France hijacking. Through the of lens of sports, ON THE MAP presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amidst domestic turmoil and the Cold War.

The film recounts how an underdog Israeli basketball team prevailed over a series of European basketball powers, including CSKA Moscow, a team that repeatedly refused to compete against Israeli competitors. Israeli-American basketball hero Tal Brody became an indelible part of a young country's history when he famously said after their victory, “Israel is ON THE MAP, not just in sport, but in everything.”

ON THE MAP combines the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes thriller with an incendiary political backdrop to deliver a film that will mesmerize basketball fans and capture the spirit of a nation triumphant against all odds.

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