Screening this weekend at the Los Angeles Film Festival (June 16-26), Elevate is a documentary chronicling the journey of four young men from Senegal with dreams of entering the NBA.
A description for the film states “Recruited for both their physical and academic skills, Assane, Dethie, Byago and Aziz 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.“
The production was filmed over four years and was directed by Anne Buford. Below are clips from the film.
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ELEVATE Byago Introduction from ELEVATE on Vimeo.
ELEVATE Assane Arrives in the US from ELEVATE on Vimeo.
ELEVATE Dethie and the Team from ELEVATE on Vimeo.