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Filmed over four years, from the dilapidated cement courts of Senegal to upscale American prep schools, Elevate documents the extraordinary personal journeys of four particularly tall West African Muslim teenagers. Recruited for both their physical and academic skills, they accept basketball scholarships to schools in the United States--and face the daunting challenges of alienation, a foreign language, American-style basketball and an unfamiliar American culture rife with African stereotypes.
Oct 21, 2011 Limited
Feb 14, 2012
Variance Films - Official Site
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Sports movies have a tendency to pull the old heart strings, but this is an especially emotional journey.
One of the many beautiful things about this affecting, informative doc is the opportunity it gives to see the American college sports world through different eyes.
We see these young men struggle with assimilation - mastering English and learning to drive, meeting girls, facing a headmaster hell-bent on sending one to Princeton - and feel their joy on trips home. And we exult when they graduate.
Never adequately addresses the problems of what's essentially a neocolonialist system designed to shape impoverished Africans into first-world profit-makers.
An upbeat but never sugarcoated look at how cultural diversity can provide as many roadblocks as it does opportunities.
In the way it shows how basketball can both use and abuse needy youths while still giving them the opportunity to rise up to levels they never imagined, it is a more than worthy successor to Hoop Dreams.
Surface-scratching and at times incurious, but a nonetheless engaging documentary look at Senegalese teenagers attempting to better their lives through eduction and hoops in America.
Less comprehensive than the material calls for, which makes the cumulative effect little more than "Hoop Dreams"-lite.
The director is uninterested in truly plumbing the more painful, confusing emotions and thorny educational and social issues that confront her subjects.
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