Category Winner, State of Mind
In 1976, African American Aulcie Perry was playing basketball in Harlem when scouts from Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv spotted and signed him. A year later, he led the team to their first European Championship, converted to Judaism, 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.
Hidden from the world, his growing drug addiction culminated in his arrest and imprisonment. Upon his release from prison, Aulcie committed himself to uplifting those suffering from drug abuse and addiction. From two-time Israeli Academy Award-winner and Doc Edge Alumni Menkin (39 Pounds of Love, Dolphin Boy, Picture of His Life), this is the story of a remarkable athlete and how he ultimately triumphed, despite the odds.
Aulcie is a very good example of why we need documentaries like this to show us parts of the world and its people we would never know of otherwise. The film’s flow and pace are as close to perfection as any film I have seen in quite some time. Whether you love or hate basketball, this is a 5-star documentary!
– John Strange, Selig Film News