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From The Only Real Game
From The Only Real Game
NYWIFT at the NY Indian Film Fest:
Premiere of The Only Real Game

The 6 PM screening of The Only Real Game.  Melisso Leo joins the panel after the 4:00 screening, moderated by S. Mitra Kalita (ideas editor, Quartz).

At first blush, it's a bizarre circumstance: the small, once princely state of Manipur, in embattled northeast India, faces gun violence, poverty, corruption, drug traffic and HIV/AIDS. Yet it has a surprising passion for America's national pastime. That's at the center of The Only Real Game, which NYWIFT is co-presenting at the New York Indian Film Festival. The documentary explores the power of baseball for people in a troubled, distant place.

Manipur, which shares a porous border with Burma, joined the Indian Union under pressure 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 this wounded society, as well as a way to connect to the wider world.

This dream moves toward reality when First Pitch, a small group of baseball-loving New Yorkers, and two Major League Baseball Envoy coaches, join Manipuri men, women and children to “play ball.”
For more information please visit The Only Real Game official website.

A reception will follow a panel discussion with the filmmakers.

Mirra Bank
is an award-winning director of film, television and theater. Her feature documentary, Last Dance, was short-listed for an Academy Award. Her PBS nonfiction feature, Nobody's Girls, illuminated the lives of minority women in the Old West. Her independent feature, Enormous Changes, premiered at Sundance and went on to a theatrical release. Bank has been honored with many film and television awards. And her theater work has been seen on stages around New York. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, and is a member of the Actors Studio, where she directs regularly.

Jeff Brueggemann was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1977 and went on to play six seasons of professional baseball. Afterwards, he became Minor League General Manager for the Minnesota Twins Class High A team for four years. Pursuing other interests, Brueggemann became an analyst and portfolio manager in Chinese Equities. His 16 years of experience working in China, as well as his ability to speak Mandarin, brought him back to baseball as a consultant and coach for Major League Baseball’s Envoy program. In The Only Real Game, Brueggemann introduces professional training to Manipur’s baseball-loving community with great skill and wit. 

Muriel “Mike” Peters'
film and television credits include Listening to Volcanoes, Manifestations of Shiva, The Eye of the Storm and The Guru. Peters is the former Director of the Film and Broadcasting Dept. for The Asia Society and founder of the Media Advisory Committee of the Indo-US Subcommission on Education and Culture. She also is a former board member of NYWIFT, former chair Women in Film and Television International and Chair of First Pitch. Peters is an Indologist and baseball aficionado and President of Peters Productions, Inc.

The 12th Annual New York Indian Film Festival
is North America's oldest and most prestigious destination for feature films, documentaries and shorts from and about the Indian subcontinent. NYIFF is a once-a-year opportunity to experience the rich and diverse film cultures in the region through a mix of film screenings, discussions, industry panels, nightly parties, an awards ceremony and gala red carpet events. Find out more at: http://www.iaac.us/nyiff2013/

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events
are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of
Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York
State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and
the New York State Legislature.