Havana Curveball



havana-curveball-hr-still-3Philadelphia Premiere
Sunday, November 13
 4:00 PM
The Gershman Y

Director: Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 56 min
Language: English

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Mica Jarmel-Schneider, a 13-year-old baseball addict and die-hard San Francisco Giants fan, takes his Rabbi’s directive to “help heal the world” to heart while preparing his Bar Mitzvah project.

HAVANA CURVEBALL, a crowd-pleasing documentary that has screened in over forty film festivals around the world, documents Mica’s desire to connect to his European refugee grandfather, via his grandpa’s Cuban roots and their mutual love of baseball. Obliging himself to collect and deliver bats, balls, and mitts to kids in Cuba who love baseball as much as he does but lack the means to play with real equipment, he dedicates his Bar Mitzvah project to turning his dream into a reality. With the help of his filmmaker parents, some supportive Cuban activists, and an attorney, Mica learns to navigate the U.S. foreign policy threatening his project and eventually lands on Cuban soil with the last 300 lbs of gear in tow

Guest Speaker: Rebecca Alpert, Senior Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Religion at Temple University

Sponsors: Debra Felman, David, Max, and Eliana Warshal

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Awards and Honors: Winner of “Best Documentary” at the Boston International Kids Festival, Official Selection of Docaviv International Film Festival, Other Israel Film Festival, and Washington Jewish Film Festival

Subjects: Adolescence, Bar Mitzvah project, baseball, Cuba, family, grandparents, Jewish identity, Tikkun Olam

For Fans Of: Coming-of-age movies, Documentaries, baseball, Cuba, family movies, memoir

Community Partners:


Arcadia University Spanish Program

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