One Woman’s Power of Persistence
Award-winning director Mirra Bank heard about the plight of a people halfway around the world and decided she wanted to help-but it took six years. Here, the story of what she did, the film she made (“The Only Real Game”), the obstacles she overcame…and how you can help now
by Judith Coyne
Devika, a mother in Manipur, India, hopes to support her family by becoming a baseball coach.Photograph: Axel Baumann for Baseball Dreams, LLC
More: The film, The Only Real Game, is wonderful-detailed and absorbing, and very inspiring without being sentimental. How do you think the film will help Manipur?
MB: It’s like many other problems in the world-shed light on it, bring attention to it, bear witness, and then there’s a chance that something will change.
More: The film depicts the political and economic situation in Manipur, but also a specific recent episode: when Major League Baseball International sent over two American representatives to train Manipuris. How did that come about, and what was the idea behind it?