Date: Monday, April 27
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
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|Director: Paul Hirschberger
Countries: Israel, USA
Running Time: 81 minutes
Languages: English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Could American tackle football be the key to peace in the Middle East? After all, what’s more encouraging than watching a Jew don a helmet over his kippah, as a Muslim suits up by his side in preparation for the big game? Secular or religious, Israeli or foreign-born, in Paul Hirschberger’s new documentary TOUCHDOWN ISRAEL, we witness Jews, Muslims, and Christians charge the field and transform into gridiron warriors on a quest for Israel Bowl glory.
Since 2005, the Israel Football League (IFL), sponsored by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, has grown from 25 players in Tel Aviv to a thriving league of over 600 amateur players and 11 teams in a nation roughly the size of New Jersey! Providing unique insight into the incredible religious and cultural diversity that is Israel, this fascinating documentary profiles the teams, players, coaches, officials, and fans that have sidelined their differences for the sake of teamwork and their love of the game.
Whether you are an avid football fan or dislike sports altogether, TOUCHDOWN ISRAEL is an uplifting film that transcends its subject matter to appeal to anyone interested in learning more about Israeli society today.
Special Guests: (On Skype) Paul Hirschberger, Director of Touchdown Israel; Greg Cosell, Senior Producer, NFL Films