Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots, has signed up as executive producer of a documentary feature about the African Hebrew Israelites, according to a report in Variety.
"The Village of Peace," which premieres Friday at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, tells the story of the African Hebrew Israelites, who moved to Israel from Chicago in the late 60s.
The film's producer, Sam Schuder, sent the Knicks forward the trailer of the film via Twitter, Variety reported. Stoudemire joined the team in the post-production process.
“When I saw the rough cuts of ‘The Village of Peace,’ I was immediately intrigued and wanted to share this story on the global stage,” he said in a statement cited by Variety.
Stoudemire has visited Israel several times. Last year, he was in Israel to coach the Canadian men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games. The NBA star, who was born and raised in Florida, has made statements in the past to the effect that he has Jewish ancestry. During his 2010 visit to Israel, he wore a kippa and told an interviewer for Sport 5 that he observes the Sabbath and Jewish holidays.