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Florida Premiere

Havana Curveball

Directed by Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider

US | 70 minutes | 2014

English and Spanish with English subtitles

Mica is a classic young teen: enthusiastic, idealistic, and dreaming about baseball. When it comes time for him to choose a service project for his bar mitzvah, his thoughts turn to Cuba, the country that sheltered his grandfather from the Holocaust, and whose people share his passion for baseball—though they may lack the equipment to play it. Taking his Rabbi’s injunction to “heal the world” to heart, Mica launches a grand plan to send baseball equipment to his Cuban peers. After two years of not hearing whether his gifts were received, Mica boards a plane to Havana with 200 pounds of baseball gear, and all the rhetoric, expectations, and worries of family, friends, and history in tow. Directors Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider follow Mica on a journey that speaks volumes about his values and dedication, and about the difference one idealistic person can make.

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Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider are a husband-and-wife filmmaking duo who have directed award-winning films for public television, film festivals, museums, and educational institutions worldwide. Their work includes The Return of Sarah’s Daughters (MJFF 2009), Born in the U.S.A. (Independent Lens, PBS), and Speaking in Tongues (2009).
Director Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider
Countries of Production US
Year of Presentation 2014
Language(s) English and Spanish with English subtitles
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 70 minutes
Principal Cast Mica Jarmel-Schneider, Marcia Jarmel, Ken Schneider
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