First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Kartemquin’s Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love.
Plucked from the streets and given the opportunity to attend a suburban prep school and play for a legendary high school coach, William Gates and Arthur Agee both soon discover that their dreams of NBA glory become obscured amid the intense pressures of academics, family life, economics, and athletic competitiveness. But most importantly, both boys remain focused on their dream, no matter how hard tragedy strikes or how desperate their situation becomes. It is their faith in the game that unites their family and gives each person hope.
A film by Steve James, Peter Gilbert and Frederick Marx, | US | 1994 | 172 mins
Available formats: DCP/Blu-Ray
Release date: 25th October 2019
VOD: Curzon Home Cinema from the 25th October