Screening of The Only Real Game on October 24 at 10.00 am
Cinemax Versova, Screen 5
The Only Real Game
Director Mira Bank
(USA- India/2012/Col/82 mins)
The Only Real Game explores the power of baseball for people in a remote and troubled place. The once princely state of Manipur in strife-torn northeast India, defies gun violence, poverty, drug traffic and HIV/AIDS through a surprising passion for America’s National Pastime. Under protest, Manipur entered the Indian Union in 1949, triggering a corrosive separatist conflict that continues to this day. For decades baseball has delivered release from daily struggles and a dream for healing a wounded society, a way to connect to the wider world. This dream moves toward reality when First Pitch – a small group of Americans – and two Major League Baseball Envoy coaches join Manipuri men, women and kids to “Play Ball”. With notable commitment and skill for baseball , women and girls are among the best players in Manipur – as well as leaders of peace and justice initiatives.
Mirra Bank’s The Only Real Game won Best Documentary at the 2013 NY Indian Film Festival. Her feature documentary, Last Dance, was short-listed for an Academy Award and her Nobody’s Girls, was a prime-time PBS Special. Bank’s independent feature Enormous Changes premiered at Sundance, followed by theatrical and international television release. She has been honored with numerous festival and production awards; is a lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio; a past President and current Advisory Board member of NY Women in Film & Television; and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.
PS: For Entry please register online at http://register.mumbaifilmfest.org. Entry is permitted only to registered delegates who have a festival badge which entitles them to festival films and most events.