Havana Curveball; the true story of Mica

Posted: 08-Oct-15 15:01

Havana Curveball is a documentary on the challenges of a Jewish boy named Mica as he tries to start a baseball project in Cuba. It follows his development from an enthusiastic pre-teen with a dream to make the world a better place to a teenager facing stark realities.

Havana Curveball; the true story of Mica

Havana Curveball is more than just a film; it is the real life journey from boyhood to manhood; a portal through which you can see, and share in, the challenges of an American boy as his childhood ideals come head to head against the hard realities of life.

Mica is a regular kid growing in a Jewish household but while preparing for his Bar Mitzvah, his rabbi gives him a challenge to find a way to heal the world. After a bit of soul searching, the 13 year-old decides that he will send as many baseballs as he can to less fortunate enthusiasts of the game in Cuba.

He has a particular soft spot for the Caribbean island as it is where his grandfather fled during the holocaust days. A number of members from Mica's Austrian family, including his grandfather and mother, managed to escape Hitler's forces by boarding a ship bound for the US.

Arriving in the aftermath of the Pearl Harbor bombing, the ship was barred from docking on the US shores. But Cuba welcomed the vessel and Mica's kin stayed there while awaiting their US visas to be processed. Though they were able to get to New York a little while later, Cuba's generosity was never lost to Mica and he was determined to somehow express his gratitude.

So diligent Mica committed himself to collecting all the baseball gear he could, waiting for the day he could present it to the needy folks in Cuba. Little does he know that numerous obstacles loom in the horizon that will not only make the accomplishment of his dream difficult, but cause him to question if it will really make a difference.

Resistance begins right from his own home as his grandpa seeks to discourage Mica from going through with his project. He is further disillusioned after corresponding with a group of Cuban activists and an attorney. Last but not least there's the US embargo which all but makes sending merchandise to Cuba all but impossible.

Havana Curveball documents Mica's growth into his teenage years as he struggles to reconcile his noble dreams to the brutal realities while coming to terms to the physical and psychical changes he is undergoing.


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