The underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic after years of defeat. The team laughs, cries, and discovers the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Documentary | Sports | 2018

Cast

Ike Davis, Josh Zeid, Ryan Lavarnway, Cody Decker, Jonathan Mayo

Synopsis

Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.

Producers

Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger, Jonathan Mayo, Jeff Aeder, iHome, Fred Wilpon

Director

Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger

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Winner, Audience Award for Documentary Washington Jewish Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Audience Award for Best Documentary Gold Coast International Film Festival, 2018