A film about the fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers, for whom the Dodgers were the most important thing in their lives. The Dodgers were perpetual losers, until that single time in 1957 when they won the World Series. One year later, the owner decided to move the Dodgers across the United States to Los Angeles, leaving Brooklyn with a bleeding heart. Almost at the same time, the economy crashed. If the Dodgers hadn’t left, the shipbuilding industry wouldn’t have collapsed, the warehouses wouldn’t have been empty, nobody would have lost their job and the decline of Brooklyn, which is now evident everywhere, would not have happened, according to the Brooklynites. The history of an identity crisis.
Jos de Putter (1959), born in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, finished his studies in 1984 as a political and literary scientist. He worked as a film critic for SKRIEN and different newspapers. From 1988 till 1992 he was a member of the editorial staff of Skrien. De Putter publishes as a freelance journalist in the following newspapers NRC handelsblad, de Volkskrant, De Groene Amsterdammer, Hard Gras en De Gids. He makes programmes for Diogenes, VPRO from 1995 till 1998. In 1993 he makes his first documentary IT WAS A LOVELY DAY, followed by SOLO, the favela’s law in 1994, 1999 The making of a new empire, 2002 Brooklyn Stories, 2002 The Damned and the sacred, 2004 Alias Kurban Said.
Script, Jos de Putter; camera, Marc Homs; sound, Pieter Guyt; editor, Patrick Minks; research, Klaartje Quirijns; commissioning editor NPS, Cees van Ede; composer, Vincent van Warmerdam; mixage, Huibert Boon; production, Laura Bronkers, Annet Saatrübe, Willemijn Cerutti.
In co-production with NPS. With the support from Dutch Cultural Broadcasting Promotion Fund.