Film documents historic baskeball tournament, bringing togetherJewish and Arab teenage boys
(Las Vegas) - Vegas PBS proudly presents the television debut of Streetball Hafla, an unflinching, hopeful and inspiring original program about the efforts of local businessman, Michael Saltman, to foster peaceful relationships in Israel.The film will premiere at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, with an encore presentation at 10:30 p.m.
Directed by David Blumenfeld, Streetball Hafla documents a three-on-three basketball tournament held in Northern Israel through the eyes of two teenagers on opposite sides of a longstanding conflict. The event, sponsored by the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution and the Anti-Defamation League, brought together 160 Jewish and Arab teenage boys for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to play basketball, create new friendships and learn how to respect each other, through the Anti-Defamation League’s anti-bias training program.
In Streetball Hafla, we follow the lives of two teenagers, Adi and Almog, before, during and after the tournament. Adi, an Arab-Israeli from the village of Araba, and Almog, a Jewish youth from the neighboring Kibbutz Neve Ur, are forced to spend three days together - living, eating, sleeping and playing ball. Victims of the ongoing conflict in the region, both kids came to the camp with their own baggage. Almog comes from a kibbutz where a terror attack still haunts the place. Adi’s friend was killed by Israeli police in the October 2000 riots in Northern Israel. Worlds apart, both boys do share one thing in common - a love of basketball that has brought them to the basketball camp. Streetball Hafla explores their prejudices and distrust of one another, and asks the question whether basketball can help bridge their differences.
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