The Only Real Game: Screening and Panel Discussion
November 11, 7:30, Quad Cinema
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 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.
Joining the Post-Screening Discussion:
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.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Nov. 10, 2014