Jewish Film Fest plans sports double feature

The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival continues in July with a family-friendly sports double feature.  Baseball and football are featured in “Havana Curveball” and “Touchdown Israel,” both of which will be shown at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 12, at the Jewish Community Center Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive.

“Havana Curveball” is a documentary film tracing the journey of bar mitzvah boy who loves baseball and is trying to give baseball gear back to the Cuban community that welcomed his grandfather during the Holocaust. He meets with many obstacles on his quest to deliver the equipment to the young ball players in Cuba.

“Touchdown Israel” is about American-style football in Israel. There is an 11-team league of amateurs who play on too-short soccer fields while families look on anxiously. The players and coaches represent a cross-section of Israeli society, including Arabs, Christians and religious settlers. Their passion and love of the sport creates unexpected friendships off the field.

The cost of the double feature is $12, and tickets can be order at or by calling the Jewish Film Festival hotline at 314-442-3176.