FILM: Hoop Dreams – 25th Anniversary with producer Q&A
Voted as one of the best documentaries of all time
A rare chance to see one of the top sports documentaries of all time!
First exhibited at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the audience award for best documentary, Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two Black American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love. This film is constantly voted as one of the best documentaries of all time.
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.
What starts out as a basic sports story becomes a truly epic tale of their lives and their families. A constant cycle of triumphs and defeats for both William and Arthur makes Hoop Dreams more high drama than any TV show or film you will see this year. The only constant in this grand personal drama is faith and hope – and it is this faith that ultimately allows them to build upon their failures as well as their triumphs and make for themselves a potentially better life.
Watching this classic documentary is better than any show you’ll have binge watched this year. We are especially delighted to be hosting a post screening Q&A with producer Peter Gilbert to discuss the remarkable impact of this film 25 years later.
Age guidance: 12