Here at Baseball de World, we applaud people who try to share the world of baseball with or from countries around the world. One of my personal favorite things are baseball films, especially documentaries. That’s why I want to bring to your attention a documentary in the making.
Indestructible: Baseball on the Isthmus is a film by American Eric Soussanin on the history and culture of baseball in Panama. The state of the game in Panama is uncertain as it is trying to rebuild from many years of corruption, under funding, political fighting, and disorganization.
Sousanin’s research in 2008 got him a U.S. Fulbright Grant to spend a year on the Isthmus where he began exploring the countries baseball.
The history of the game alone would make an interesting film by itself. Throw in the corruption and problems that have plague the game there and this should be a great film.
The film includes interviews with some big names from the sport including Omar Moreno, Olmedo Saenz, Bruce Chen, Candy Maldonado, and more.
I’m excited to see the film, but it isn’t finished yet and the need our help.
The filmmakers are in the final stages of production and need help to finish the project. For just $10 you can help the film get made AND get a copy of it for yourself. Any amount will help and you can help get this film made with any donation amount at their Kickstarter page – Indestructible: Baseball on the Isthmus.
I am not one to just suggest anything. I’ve taken a closer look at the film and I am truly excited for this to be made. So much so that I donated. I wouldn’t ask you to and not do it myself.
Here is the trailer from the film. Take a look at it and visit their Kickstarter page to see more from filmmaker Eric Sousanin.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.