Film Review: ‘On the Map’ Appearing at the Washington Jewish Film Festival

Everybody loves an underdog story, especially in the world of sports. Some of these stories are well-known likes The Miracle on Ice. But, sometimes, the best stories can be the ones you’ve never heard before. Such is the case with Dani Menkin’s marvelous documentary On the Map, a look into the 1977 Maccabi Tel-Aviv basketball team that defeated the four-time defending European championship Soviet Union squad.

In 1977, Israel was recovering from the effects of the Yom Kippur War a few years earlier. The country was aching for a ray of sunshine after years of darkness. Their prayers were answered in the form of a ragtag basketball team. The team was comprised of both Israeli and Jewish American players, some of whom struggled to make it in the NBA. In the European Cup Championship tournament, they faced the four-time defending champion Soviet Union team. Against all odds, they defeated the Soviets and went on to even greater achievements.

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