THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HANK GREENBERG
USA, 1999, 35mm, documentary
Director: Aviva Kempner
On the eve of Hitler’s rise to power in Europe, America embraced its first Jewish sports superstar. Known as “The Hammerin’ Hebrew,” Hank Greenberg transcended religious prejudice to take baseball by storm and become one of the greatest batters in history. This nostalgic portrait of the baseball legend includes interviews with Detroit Tigers teammates Bob Feller, Charlie Gehringer and Ralph Kiner as well as sports figures Ira Berkow and Dick Schaap, and baseball fans Alan Dershowitz, Walter Matthau, Congressman Sander Levin, Senator Carl Levin and many others. This screening celebrates the centennial year of Hank’s birth and features a first-time screening of special extras from the new DVD release.
POST-FILM DISCUSSION WITH Aviva Kempner, Director, and Visionary Award recipient, and Franklin Foer, Author of How Soccer Explains the World
PRESENTED AS PART OF the 2011 Visionary Award Retrospective