Elevate (2011)



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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. But with courage, humor, and remarkable resilience, they relentlessly pursue their dreams--to obtain an education and a shot at the NBA. -- (C) Variance
PG (for brief mild language)
Documentary , Special Interest , Sports & Fitness
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Critic Reviews for Elevate

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Sports movies have a tendency to pull the old heart strings, but this is an especially emotional journey.

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Washington Post
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It's all presented with equal parts humor and sensitivity...

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Less comprehensive than the material calls for, which makes the cumulative effect little more than "Hoop Dreams"-lite.

Full Review… | October 21, 2011
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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.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review… | October 20, 2011
New York Times
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Never adequately addresses the problems of what's essentially a neocolonialist system designed to shape impoverished Africans into first-world profit-makers.

Full Review… | October 18, 2011
Time Out
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