About the Film:
Israeli Olympic swimmer Michele Kuvin Kupfer reassembles her 1981 Maccabiah Games team to compete again 40 years later. In the process, they explore their dramatic and inspiring stories and the history of the games. The first Maccabiah Games were held in 1932 in Tel Aviv, just a year before Hitler’s rise to power, and brought together over 400 Jewish athletes from Europe, North America, and the Middle East. The games quickly grew to become the second largest athletic competition in the world. Maccabiah has featured many Olympic gold medalists, including Mark Spitz, Lenny Krayzelburg, Mitch Gaylord, Ernie Grunfeld, Linoy Ashram, and Artem Dolgopyat.
We watch the swim team prepare physically and mentally for the games, and reunite 4 decades after their last competition together. The film profiles other star Maccabiah athletes, revisits inspiring and chilling episodes in Jewish sports history – most notably the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the 1972 Munich Massacre of Israeli Olympic Athletes – and shows the evolution of Jewish pride and excellence, from ancient stereotypes to modern heroes.
This film is currently in production, a project in collaboration with Children of Difference Foundation 501(c)(3) organization.
Contributions to the film should be made out to the Children of Difference Foundation, with a memo: "Parting the Waters."