NYWIFT at the NY Indian Film Fest:
Premiere of The Only Real Game
The 6 PM screening of The Only Real Game. Melisso Leo joins the panel after the 4:00 screening, moderated by S. Mitra Kalita (ideas editor, Quartz).
At first blush, it's a bizarre circumstance: the small, once princely state of Manipur, in embattled northeast India, faces gun violence, poverty, corruption, drug traffic and HIV/AIDS. Yet it has a surprising passion for America's national pastime. That's at the center of The Only Real Game, which NYWIFT is co-presenting at the New York Indian Film Festival. The documentary explores the power of baseball for people in a troubled, distant place.
Manipur, which shares a porous border with Burma, joined the Indian Union under pressure in 1949, triggering a corrosive separatist conflict that continues to this day. For decades baseball has delivered release from daily struggles and a dream for healing this wounded society, as well as a way to connect to the wider world.
This dream moves toward reality when First Pitch, a small group of baseball-loving New Yorkers, and two Major League Baseball Envoy coaches, join Manipuri men, women and children to “play ball.”
For more information please visit The Only Real Game official website.
A reception will follow a panel discussion with the filmmakers.
The 12th Annual New York Indian Film Festival is North America's oldest and most prestigious destination for feature films, documentaries and shorts from and about the Indian subcontinent. NYIFF is a once-a-year opportunity to experience the rich and diverse film cultures in the region through a mix of film screenings, discussions, industry panels, nightly parties, an awards ceremony and gala red carpet events. Find out more at: http://www.iaac.us/nyiff2013/
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Last updated: Apr. 26, 2013