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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 6 2012
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,720 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More Hoop Dreams: A Journey From West Africa To America In Pursuit Of A Better Life Jan. 31 2012
By K. Harris - Published on
Format: DVD
When it comes to sports related documentaries, the gold standard has got to be 1994's incredibly powerful "Hoop Dreams." Following two inner city Chicago kids for five years, the film saw the duo as they worked toward their goal of making it as professional basketball players. Sometimes harrowing, sometimes heartfelt--the film pushed past the subject of sport to be an important document about life in general. Following a similar template is Anne Buford's "Elevate." This earnest documentary features four ball players in Senegal who are fighting for a chance to get scholarships within the United States. Over the course of four years, we will see each as they venture into the American Prep School system in the hopes of qualifying for college sponsorship and NCAA competition. They have varying degrees of success, but the film is ultimately a testament to following your dreams (however impossible) and perseverance.

The movie introduces us to Amadou Gallo Fall, the founder of a unique basketball camp in West Africa that works with promising local talent in the hopes of placing them on a professional career path. The featured players include one who heads off to Lake Forest in Illinois, two that are picked up by South Kent School in Connecticut, and one whose path to America is more circuitous. The guys are just like any other teenaged boys that you're likely to encounter, each wanting to build a better life for their families back home. The challenges include integrating into a new culture, conquering language differences, incorporating their Muslim faith in a largely Christian environment as well as more ordinary pursuits like girls, homework, and loads of basketball practice. The footage in Senegal stands as a striking contrast to what the guys are exposed to in the States.

This is not quite as universal as the aforementioned "Hoop Dreams." After all, "Hoop Dreams" ran almost three hours and only dealt with only two kids. This eighty-three minute presentation has a lot of ground to cover with four players. As such, it didn't get as intimate with its subjects as I might have wanted. But it's still hard not to be inspired and moved by the journey that our four players embark on. "Elevate" was an ambitious project that was four years in the making, and has a lot of heart. It is an easy recommendation for basketball or sporting enthusiasts (although basketball footage is very secondary in the film) or anyone who likes human interest documentaries. KGHarris, 1/12.
Good insight into a dream. March 19 2012
By G. Teslovich - Published on
Format: DVD
Nice directing, script and cinematography showing a selected part of everyday life in Senegal. Whether the conditions are worse than was shown was never discussed and so it's hard to tell from the movie how stable the country is politically and economically. The storyline is essentially the final process of selecting basketball youth with some potential to warrant playing at some higher level. We follow a few players as they travel to the US for high school and hopefully collegiate offers.

The negatives that I noticed are:
(1.) We don't see or is it discussed what percentage of those who devout themselves to the dream actually succeed. What happens with failure.
(2.) We don't see if the middle men receive compensation that might be either ethical or rules violations.
(3.) We don't see how private high schools in the US take advantage of and make money off exchange students. One example, there's a private school in the Seattle area that circumvents the one year visa rules by longterm, years of high school boarding which then gives those students unhindered access to US universities and afterwards automatic US residency. The school's owners are exceedingly wealthy as a result of what they charge the parents of those financially privileged students.
Awesome! Every aspiring athletes needs to watch! March 27 2012
By Phelps8 - Published on
Format: DVD
What an inspiring and moving documentary. I was moved by the journey that the 4 young men embarked on. They all had a dream and used their ability and hard work to achieve the impossible. Very moving, I would highly recommend this documentary to basketball fanatics, sports enthusiasts and EVERYONE who has ever dreamed of a better life. My husband is a teacher/coach and shows this film to many of his students and athletes, what a message it sends!! I appreciate the hard work and incredible dedication the film represents. The film is a testament that nothing is impossible, dream big - work hard and never quit! Love it!
Africa to US basketball June 11 2012
By Golden Lion - Published on
Format: DVD
I watched the movie and memorized by the talent recruited from Africa to American Universities. America is great because it attracts the greatest minds and talent in the world. Talent is what we want. There seems to be a wide range of other venues that could attract talent, bring it.
Giving back April 19 2013
By mlb - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Talk about touched, moved and inspired. Amadou Fall is giving back and changing the trajectory of many lives in Senegal by teaching these young men how to be men and using a tool to get an education.

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