Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Havana Curveball

Year: 2014
Country: USA, CUBA
Language: English, Spanish
Run Time: 55 minutes

Havana Curveball
Havana Curveball
Havana Curveball
Havana Curveball

It seemed so simple at first. The filmmakers were making a home movie about their son Mica’s bar mitzvah project, which was to send baseball equipment to underprivileged kids in Cuba. But life threw Mica a HAVANA CURVEBALL, and the story turned into this heartwarming film about a naïve boy who grows into a politically aware young man. Mica is inspired by the fact that Cuba harbored his grandfather when he fled Nazi Europe. Now his well-intentioned 13-year-old ideals come smack up against the U.S. embargo on imports to Cuba. After two years of research, writing letters to his senator, and meeting with activists and an attorney, he boards a plane to Havana with 200 pounds of baseball gear. But the Cuban kids’ reaction isn’t what he expected, and Mica is left wondering whether his efforts, or anybody’s efforts in life, are worth it. Thank goodness young people keep deciding they are. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 4:40 PM

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Cinema en EspaƱol
Family Films
Jewish and Israeli Visions

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Marcia Jarmel, Ken Schneider

Husband and wife team Marcia Jarmel and Ken Schneider founded PatchWork Films in 1994 and have since made award-winning films for public television, film festivals, museums, community centers, public libraries, and educational institutions worldwide.

"The Return of Sarah's Daughters" (1997), "Born in the U.S.A." (2000), "Speaking in Tongues" (2009), HAVANA CURVEBALL (2014)

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Film Contact

This film is presented with the generous support of TED and SUSAN.

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