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Aulcie Perry in "Aulcie" directed by Dani Menkin
Aulcie Perry in “Aulcie” directed by Dani Menkin

Aulcie, a documentary on the incredible story of Aulcie Perry, an African American basketball player who lead Israel’s Maccabi basketball team to the 1977 European championship will open at Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles on November 12 in at JCC Manhattan in New York City on November 16, and will be available virtually.

Directed by Israeli academy award winner Dani Menkin (39 Pounds of Love, On The Map), and Executive Produced by Nancy Spielberg (Above and Beyond) and Jon Weinbach (The Last Dance), Aulcie was the Opening Night film at the New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center and has screened at numerous international film festivals and has won numerous awards.

Aulcie is the story of Aulcie Perry, an African American basketball player who hailed from the violence-filled streets of the 1960s Newark, NJ, and who found his glory in leading Israel’s Maccabi basketball team to the 1977 European championship. He became an overnight sensation in Israel, beloved by the fans and by his adopted country. He converted to Judaism and became an Israeli citizen. His highly publicized relationship with Israeli supermodel Tami Ben Ami became the subject of relentless media attention, making him one of Israel’s biggest stars. But his success wasn’t enough to save him from the descend into drugs and jail time, before finally finding redemption. ƒDani Menken’s documentary tells the story of this legendary athlete.

Watch the trailer for Aulcie.

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