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A powerful new documentary about baseball, Holocaust history, and U.S.—Cuban relations rolled into a coming-of-age story about the complexities of doing good....Havana Curveball.
Thirteen-year-old Mica takes to heart his Rabbi's dictate to help “heal the world,” and launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba—a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans have few resources, love baseball, and gave his grandpa refuge during the Holocaust. His filmmaker parents know a curveball is coming and pick up their camera.
"Finally a movie you can watch with your teens and have a lot to talk about. For us adults, whether we are parents or educators, it's hard finding topics of conversation with our teens, a shared interest that will spark the dialogue. This movie has so many topics ranging from coming of age for teens, self-identity, inter-generational relationship and empowerment…it opens the door to many important conversations."
- Zehava Dahan, Educational Director, Or Shalom Jewish Community
A teaching tool for:
B'nai Mitzvah Preparation
An engaging program for community events around:
Mitzvah project preparation
B'nai mitzvah preparation
MORE PRAISE FOR HAVANA CURVEBALL
“Havana Curveball is a wonderful film to use with teens and tweens to show the power of making tikkun olam and tzedakah part of a life-cycle ceremony or just part of everyday life...The film would be perfect for a kick-off to a 7th grade Bar Mitzvah year or a 10th grade Confirmation year as students, parents, clergy and teachers look for ways to make the year’s study and culminating life-cycle event more meaningful. The film brings up not only the joys of doing something fulfilling, but the pitfalls along the way. And in the process we learn some Jewish history, especially about refugees from Hitler’s Germany, as well.”
– Diane Bernbaum, Former Director, Midrasha
"We predict it will become part of the b’nai mitzvah curriculum at synagogues throughout the country.”
– Cheryl Fellows, Boulder Jewish News
“Mica’s home run flies right out of the park and into your heart. It’s the best teaching film about changing the world since Pay It Forward. Appropriate for pre-teens, teens and adults.”
– Rabbi Pam Frydman, International Co-Chair, Rabbis for Women of the Wall; Founding rabbi Or Shalom Jewish Community
“Havana Curveball does what films should be doing and goes beyond the film to spread a message of social engagement and volunteerism.”
– Isaac Zablocki, Director of Film Programs, Director of the Israel Film Center
“Terrific film. So many talking points for both teens and adults. So many big ideas."
– Nancy Sheftel-Gomes, Educator, Congregation Sherith Israel
"This entertaining film is ideal viewing for middle and high school students as well as Jewish religious school students and (especially!) their parents. May it fuel a much needed b'nei mitzvah revolution!"
– Justine Shapiro, Academy Award nominated co-producer / co-director, PROMISES
“I would be thrilled to bring this film to the Davis Community…I would show it to Jewish grade school kids in sixth grade or older, and to adult audiences. Elders would love it too."
– Harriet Gadisman, Educator, Bet Haverim
“Havana Curveball takes you on a journey that is both beautiful and uncomfortable....This film paints a realistic and refreshing picture of one young man's journey to give back and the challenges he encounters along the way. It is in times of discomfort and challenge that our greatest lessons are learned."
– Eliza Pesuit, Executive Director, Global Glimpse
"An inspiring documentary that leaves an impact....A quietly moving film, it’s equally at home in public library and religious school collections as well as social studies classes."
– Top 10 DVDs , School Library Journal
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Havana Curveball / 55 minutes / © 2014 / Close-captioned / Subtitled in Spanish
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