BJFF 2017: "On the Map"

Date: March 9, 2017Time: 5:30 pm
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Boulder JCC
6007 Oreg Avenue
Boulder, CO 80303
Contact: Kathryn BernheimerPhone: 720-749-2530Email:

at the JCC

Thursday,  March 9 | At the Boulder JCC

Hoops and Hot Dogs - Reception and on-court fun 5:30 - 7 pm*

“On The Map” screening at 7 pm in Levin Hall with on-stage interview following the film

$36 includes film and reception including gourmet kosher hot dog bar and soft pretzels
Cash Bar

*Special opportunity to shoot hoops with Tal Brody 5:30 - 7pm available at registration:
$18 per person for shared court time | $180 per person for private court time | JCC Gym

Advanced Tickets Only!        Ticket Sales End March 8th!     

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a Spot to Shoot Hoops
 HERE *    
*Seating is not reserved

Watch the Trailer

Israel’s 1977 astonishing upset victory over the Soviets in basketball proved that the tiny nation was capable of anything. Two-time Israeli Academy Award winner Dani Menkin appears in person for a tribute program. Basketball star Tal Brody, whose famous post-game remarks became a mantra of national pride, will also attend the screening.

When the mighty Soviet basketball team, CSKA, was matched up against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the EuroCup Semifinals in 1977, the countries had no diplomatic ties. The Cold War was raging, with America and Israel aligned against the Soviet Union and the Arab nations. Israel’s daring but narrow victory at Entebbe was fresh on the tiny nation’s mind as Israel was still healing from the Yom Kippur War and the Olympic Massacre.  Fueled by an incendiary political situation, the Israeli team scored a symbolic victory for a people hungry for heroes. Dani Menkin’s long-overdue tribute to a nation’s moment of triumph, produced by Nancy Spielberg (BJFF 2015) and Roberta Grossman (“Hava Nagila”), combines throbbing action and the suspense of a high-stakes game with astute historical analysis to earn the Wall Street Journal’s headline: “Sports Movie at its Best.”

"Fascinating" - LA Times

"This compelling sports tale seems bound for a Hollywood dramatization." -  The Hollywood Reporter

“A feel-good Cinderella story" - LA Weekly

When the unthinkable happened and David toppled Goliath on the courts in 1977, Macabbee star Tal Brody spontaneously shouted into a television reporter’s microphone, “We’re on the map, and we’re going to stay on the map, not just in sport, but in everything!” His words resonated with Israelis and Jews worldwide. And they still resonate today, as Dani Menkin proves.


The Boulder Jewish Film Festival is proud to present Menkin’s first film as well as his two latest. The Israeli Academy Award winning filmmaker made a promising debut in 2005 with "39 Pounds of Love." Written, produced and directed by Menkin, the film has been sold to HBO, and was short listed for the Oscars. His latest feature film "Is That You?" (2014) found success at several International Film Festivals, such as Hollywood, Montreal, Haifa and Syracuse, the 28th Israel Film Festival in LA, and at Jewish Film Festivals across the US. It has also won "Best Indie Film of the Year" award (2014), and has been nominated for the "Best Film of the Year" award (2014) by the Israeli Academy. Currently the film is opening in cinemas across Israel.

Dani Menkin's 2011 award winning film Dolphin Boy (BJFF 2013) was sold to over 20 countries around the globe, and has been bought by Disney for a fiction adaptation. Menkin also wrote, produced and directed the award-winning film "Je T'aime - I Love You Terminal" (2010), one of the most successful independent feature films in Israeli cinema. In 2005 Menkin created "Hey Jude Productions." You can visit the independent film production site at Hey Jude Productions.