Outstanding Achievement Retrospective: Hoop Dreams @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Saturday, May 7, 2016 2:00 pm

TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

TIFF Retrospective and Hot Docs presents Hoop Dreams the monumental documentary about two ordinary inner-city kids who dare to dream the impossible - professional basketball glory - in this epic chronicle of hope and faith.

“A film like Hoop Dreams is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us and makes us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself." — Roger Ebert Originally intended as a PBS short about two kids from Chicago's projects, Hoop Dreams became a six-year observation on race, poverty, class and the American Dream. When it failed to garner an Academy Award nomination in the documentary feature category, public outcry led to an overhaul of how films are nominated. More than two decades after its 1994 release, the film's issues and themes are still incredibly relevant and the characters no less compelling. The stories of Arthur Agee and William Gates sadly reflect a reality many youth face today, where opportunity is obstructed and the hopes of many are a burden on a few.” Alexander Rogalski