With director Steve James in person
Dir. Steve James. 1994, 170 mins. DCP. Called “the great American documentary” by Roger Ebert, and routinely listed among the all-time great films, Hoop Dreams is an intimate epic that follows two talented young men over six life-shaping years. William Gates and Arthur Agee are African-American high school students from inner-city Chicago recruited into a predominately white rural school with an excellent basketball team. They commute ninety minutes to school, where they struggle to adapt to the new social environment and shoulder expectations of family and friends back home. A iportrait of two characters becomes a portrait of two communities, the education system, sports, race, and poverty in the United States.
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