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ON THE MAP, from director Dani Menkin, tells the story of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team. In 1977, led by American athletes, the team toppled the four-time defending European Champions, the Soviet Red Army team from Moscow, en route to winning the European Cup Basketball Championship.

Still demoralized after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israel was hungry for a collective uplifting event. ON THE MAP, a fast-moving, emotional and awe-inspiring documentary, recounts the story of how one Tel Aviv team no one thought could win toppled the four-time defending European Champions and put Israel firmly on the map.

Featuring interviews with the Jewish-American athletes who made history, ON THE MAP combines the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes game with an incendiary political situation at the height of the Cold War to deliver a film that honors Israeli heroes, mesmerizes fans of the game and captures the spirit of a nation triumphant and victorious against all odds.

  • Format:
    Feature documentary

  • Length:
    90 minutes

  • Status:
    DVDs and available for screenings.

  • Filmmakers:
    Dani Menkin and Jon Weinbach, Producers
    Dani Menkin, Writer/Director
    Nancy Spielberg, Roberta Grossman and Ori Eisen, Executive Producers
    David Garfunkel and Etay Raziel, Videographers
    Chris Callister, Editor

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