Monday, May 18, 2015

ABQ Jewish Film Festival: Havana Curveball

A Film from Cuba: The Albuquerque Film & Music Experience and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Albuquerque are proud to present:

Havana Curveball
with Jubanos: Jews of Cuba
Thursday June 4 ~ 6:00 pm
National Hispanic Cultural Center

Mica is a classic young teen. Enthusiastic. Idealistic. Dreaming baseball. At 13, he is studying for his Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age ritual. He takes to heart his Rabbi’s requirement to help “heal the world.” Imagining himself a savior of sorts, he launches a grand plan to send baseball equipment to less fortunate kids in Cuba, the country that offered refuge to his beloved Austrian grandfather during WWII. Nearly 70 years later, Mica feels a need to repay the debt. Enthusiastically collecting bats, mitts and balls, he never considers that his good intentions might not be enough.

Havana Curveball observes Mica shift from high-pitched boy to broad-shouldered young man, as he squares off against the complexity of the adult world. After two years, he finally boards a plane to Havana with his family, 200 pounds of baseball gear, and all the rhetoric, expectations, and worries of family, friends, and history in tow. Imagining he is finally in the home stretch, his experience there is transformative. (2014, 60 minutes)

Purchase tickets here at Hold My Ticket. View the trailer here.

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