Please join us for a special NYWIFT screening of The Only Real Game, directed by NYWIFT member Mirra Bank and produced by NYWIFT member Muriel Peterson. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Bank, Peters and Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker. The discussion will focus on the way women in their films initiate resourceful non-violent responses to conflict and their responsibility as filmmakers to illuminate and probe such agency, while not endangering or compromising their film's subjects.
“Playing Ball in the Shadow of Warfare - Fascinating! And it’s nice to see an American export other than a Hollywood blockbuster engendering good will.” – Neil Genzlinger, NY Times.
Tuesday, November 11
The Quad Cinema
34 West 13th Street
The film will be playing at the Quad from November 7 -13. Tickets to the Quad Cinema for NYWIFT members are always only $8. To buy tickets click here and choose "senior tickets."
A deeply stirring documentary, narrated by Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo, The Only Real Game captures the magic of baseball for people in the strife-torn border state of Manipur, in northeast India. Introduced by American GI’s toward the end of World War II, baseball has been a passion in Manipur for over 70 years. The film reveals the tenacity and heart of Manipuri women who not only love the game, but brave great obstacles to play, coach and advocate for government support of baseball as a way to connect to the wider world. Their dream moves toward reality when a small band of NYC baseball lovers, and two Major League Baseball Envoy coaches, join the community to improve skills and ‘Play Ball’. In this wounded and deeply spiritual society, the love for the Great American Game, or as Babe Ruth put it, “the only real game in the world” creates a parallel universe where healthy competition, fairness, and camaraderie provide a respite from the poverty and violence engendered by years of political suppression and armed discord.
Mirra Bank directs film and theater. The Only Real Game has played festivals in the US and abroad, won a number of prestigious awards, and is now in theaters. Bank's previous feature documentary, Last Dance, was short-listed for an Academy Award. Her nonfiction feature about minority women in the Old West, Nobody’s Girls, was a PBS prime-time special; and her first feature, Enormous Changes, premiered at Sundance, followed by a critically praised theatrical release. Bank is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and recently directed several London premieres of new American plays. She is a past President and current Advisory Board member of NYWIFT; a MacDowell Fellow, member of BAFTA, and serves on the Board of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures. She is currently developing two fiction features and shooting a new documentary about sustaining species, habitats and community livelihoods, in Zambia.
Muriel "Mike" Peters is President of Peters Productions, Inc. Her film and TV credits include: Producer, The Only Real Game; Producer, Listening to Volcanoes, Indonesia (PBS/BBC); Producer, Asia Stage Center, Asian and Western performing artists; Executive Producer, Manifestations of Shiva, India (PBS); Coproducer,The Eye of the Storm, ABC News, Peabody Award; Associate Producer, The Guru, starring Michael York, Merchant Ivory/20thCentury Fox; Assistant to Producer, Africa, four-hour television documentary, ABC. She was formerly Director of the Film and Broadcasting Department, The Asia Society, and founder of the Media Advisory Committee of the Indo-US Subcommission on Education and Culture. She is a former Chair of WIFTI, a former Board member of NYWIFT, and currently serves on the Advisory Board. She was founding Chair of First Pitch: the US-Manipur Baseball Project. She currently has two features in development.
Joining the Post-Screening Discussion:
Gini Reticker is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. She is currently directing The Trials of Spring, chronicling young Egyptian human rights activist, Hend Nafea, on her journey from an Egyptian village to her current trial in Cairo for her participation in the 2011 Arab Spring. Previously, Reticker directed Pray the Devil Back to Hell, portraying the critical role Liberian women played in ending their country’s civil war. Introducing Nobel Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee to worldwide audiences, the film was short-listed for an Academy Award. Reticker garnered an Academy Award nomination for the documentary short Asylum, the story of a Ghanaian woman seeking political asylum in the U.S. Reticker was one of the creators and executive producers of the five-part PBS series, Women, War & Peace, winner of the Overseas Press Club’s Best Documentary Series. In 2005, she garnered an Emmy Award for producing and directing Ladies First, which highlights the role women played in rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda.
In addition to being a filmmaker, Reticker is the Creative Director at Fork Films and works closely with the Fork Films Fund to assist other documentary filmmakers. They are the proud supporters of The Only Real Game.