In 1976, Aulcie Perry, a gifted African-American athlete, was playing basketball in Harlem when scouts from Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv team spotted and recruited him. A year later, he helped lead the team to their first historic European Championship win, and soon after that, converted to Judaism, changed his name to Elisha Ben Abraham, and become an Israeli citizen. His rise to fame was precipitous, and his relationship with supermodel Tami Ben Ami became the subject of relentless media attention, solidifying his status as one of Israel’s biggest stars. But behind the scenes, not all was well. A growing drug addiction would lead him on a self-destructive path. When his charmed life came to a dramatic halt, he was forced to confront his own demons and his fall from grace –paying dearly for his mistakes. Executive produced by Nancy Speilberg and directed by award-winning Israeli filmmaker Dani Menkin, this compelling documentary film tells the redemptive and inspiring story of a remarkable athlete, and how he ultimately triumphs, despite the odds.
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