WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Dir. Aviva Kempner | 95 min
As Hitler invaded Europe, a young Jewish baseball player challenged Babe Ruth’s home run record. This is the story of how he became an American hero.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is a humorous and nostalgic documentary about an extraordinary baseball player who transcended religious prejudice to become an American icon. Detroit Tiger Hammerin’ Hank’s accomplishments during the Golden Age of Baseball rivaled those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Included in the colorful collage of forty-seven interviews are Hank Greenberg and family members; sports figures Ira Berkow, Ernie Harwell, Joe Falls and Dick Schaap; fellow players Bob Feller, Charlie Gehringer and Ralph Kiner; fans Alan Dershowitz, Congressman Sander Levin and Senator Carl Levin; and actors Walter Matthau, Michael Moriarty, and Maury Povich.
Director Aviva Kempner in conversation after both screenings.
Presented as part of 40 Years of Filmmaking: An Aviva Kempner Retrospective
Sunday, November 1712:30 PM Matinee / Q&A
Saturday, November 236:00 PM Q&A
Aviva Kempner has a mission in life. She makes films that investigate non-stereotypical images of Jews in history and celebrate the untold stories of Jewish heroes. To her list of those heroes, she has now added Moe Berg. Based in Washington, DC, director-writer-producer Kempner boasts a resume of critically acclaimed and award-winning documentaries, including Rosenwald, Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, and Peabody winner The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. She also produced another WWII documentary, Partisans of Vilna. She is an avid voting rights advocate for the District of Columbia and is the founder of the Washington Jewish Film Festival.
- Fascinating! Valuable as history and resonant with meaning for today. ― Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times