Dir. Dani Menken | 75 min
Documentary Israel 2019
EnglishHebrew with English subtitles

From the start of his professional basketball career, Aulcie Perry was different. Despite singing with the NY Knicks, he never suited up for the franchise; instead, in 1976, when playing in Harlem, he caught the attention of Maccabi Tel Aviv scouts. Within a year, he led the underdog Israeli team to their first European Championship, converted to Judaism, and became an Israeli citizen.

He instantly became a national icon, a status cemented by his public relationship with supermodel Tami Ben Ami. Outside the bright lights, however, his life was fraying—a drug habit eventually landed him in jail and his girlfriend was diagnosed with cancer. Facing his demons head-on, Aulcie managed to engineer his greatest comeback, this time supporting others suffering from substance use and helping heal survivors of abuse.

Rental includes a recorded conversation with director Dani Menkin which will automatically play at the end of the film.


Dani Menkin is an Ophir-winning (Israeli Academy Award) filmmaker for 39 Pounds of Love. The film, written, produced, and directed by him sold to HBO and was short listed for the Oscars. His award-winning film, Dolphin Boy was sold to over 20 countries around the globe and was recently bought by Disney for adaptation. Menkin wrote, produced and directed the award winning film Je T’aime I Love you Terminal, and is also a creative partner on the Israeli cult indie film Wisdom of the Pretzel. Menkin is a speaker and film juror at International Festivals around the world as well as a film professor in universities and colleges in Israel and US.

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