About The Film
The inspiring true story of the rise, fall, and redemption of African American professional basketball legend, Aulcie Perry, who did not make an NBA team, but ended up leading the all-star Israeli Maccabi Tel Aviv team to their first, fabled European Champions League title in 1977. Sports Illustrated called the win, "the most extraordinary season in its remarkable history." After that winning season, Perry converted to Judaism (changing his name to Elisha Ben Avraham), married top model Tami Ben Ami, and became an Israeli citizen. However, at the height of his career and fame, an addiction to painkillers and drugs destroyed the fairy tale. Years later, on an Israeli TV episode of This Is Your Life (1995), Perry is reunited with head coach Sam Luk who always believed in him, given a chance to reconnect with his estranged daughter in America, and find his true purpose–coaching aspiring young players.
Special Event: Eastside Opening Night
SJFF’s Eastside Edition moves to Redmond this year: more movies and another amazing weekend of great films and guest artists. Enjoy popcorn on us! Attendees receive a gift card upon entering – good toward concessions.
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