On the Map recounts the story of the underdog ’76-’77 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team that toppled the four-time defending Soviet Union team and put Israel firmly on the map. Israel defeated Italy in the finals, and won the historic European Cup Basketball Championship title. When the team returned to Israel, 200,000 fans were celebrating in Tel Aviv to welcome them home. Featuring interviews with the American and Israeli athletes who made history, On the Map combines the pulse-pounding action of a high-stakes basketball game with an incendiary political situation during the Cold War.
Film Sponsors: Washington Centerville Public Library & Friends of Washington Centerville Public Library
Guest Speaker: Don Donoher
The winningest coach in the history of University of Dayton basketball, Don Donoher joins us to discuss the amazing story behind On the Map. Starting in the tail end of 1964, Donoher was the UD basketball men’s head coach for 25 years. During his first full season he lead UD against Illinois’ star point guard, Tal Brody, who also is the hero of the On the Map documentary.
Winner: Canadian Screen Award – Best Performance, Best Achievement, Best Documentary Film
Season Pass: $75