Breaking Balls

Premiering at the 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival is a documentary about the sport of bocce, which dates back centuries to the Egyptians.  Today an estimated 25 million people play the game.  In the film, “Breaking Balls,” produced by local filmmaker John Vourlis, he explores how northeast Ohio became a hotbed for the sport thanks to the growth of Cleveland’s Italian-American community.  That growth includes the start of the Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce tournament, held every year at the Italian-American Club in Wickliffe.

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