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of India that has also been a center of rebellion for many years. I
reviewed it a while back. Highly recommended.
THE ONLY REAL GAME
A FILM BY MIRRA BANK
Narrated by Academy-Award? winner Melissa Leo
RETURNS TO NEW YORK at QUADCINEMA NOVEMBER 7 - 13
34 West 13th Street / (212) 255-2243 /www.quadcinema.com /
AMERICAN SPIRIT AWARD ? Sedona Intl. Film Fest
BEST DOCUMENTARY ? NY Indian Film Fest
?Mirra Bank finds an unlikely hotbed of baseball love in
The Only Real Game!? ? The Hollywood Reporter
?Wholly absorbing! There?s a lot of heartache, but they
play for love? another work in the canon of baseball
poetry.? ? Daphne Howland, Village Voice Critic?s Pick
?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
?Masterful and extraordinary! The wonders of the game
of baseball, the dreams it arouses and the communities it
creates burst through.? ? Ken Auletta, Media Critic
?Illuminating! Astoundingly, heartrendingly real.?
? Jaime Lubin, Huffington Post
DIRECTOR: MIRRA BANK (LAST DANCE, ENORMOUS CHANGES)
PRODUCERS: RICHARD BROCKMAN;
MURIEL PETERS; LAINE VALENTINO
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: ABIGAIL E. DISNEY
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: AXEL BAUMANN
COMPOSER: PAUL BRILL
SYNOPSIS: Mirra Bank?s deeply stirring documentary, narrated by Academy
Award?-winner Melissa Leo, 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. Bank 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.
THE ONLY REAL GAME Opens Friday, NOVEMBER 7 ? 13
QUADCINEMA - 34 West 13th Street / (212) 255-2243 /
*RSVP NYC CONTACT: ANNE BORIN PR / annefilm at aol.com / (212) 586-6367