On The Map tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Basketball Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the of lens of sports, On The Map presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amidst domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War.
The film recounts how an underdog Israeli basketball team prevailed over a series of European basketball powers, including CSKA Moscow (known in the West as “Red Army”), a team that repeatedly refused to compete against Israeli competitors. Moments after this highly charged and historic win, Israeli-American basketball hero Tal Brody became an indelible part of a young country’s history when he famously said, “Israel is On the Map, not just in sport, but in everything.” Told through the eyes of six American basketball players who joined Maccabi and helped the club defeat top teams from Spain, Italy and the Soviet Union, the film combines the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes thriller with an incendiary political backdrop to deliver a film that will mesmerize basketball fans and captures the spirit of a nation triumphant against all odds.
This film won the Audience Choice Award at the 2017 Houston Jewish Film Festival at the JCC.
What They’re Saying about On the Map:
“Fascinating” – LA Times
“This compelling sports tale seems bound for a Hollywood dramatization” – Hollywood Reporter
“Sports Movie At Its Best” – The Wall Street Journal
Watch a preview of On The Map here.
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