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Elevate

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Released 2011

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  • Elevate Trailer

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    6/16/11

    Trailer for Elevate. At the SEEDS Academy in Dakar, Senegal, the best young basketball players from across West Africa gather to take part in a strenuous program of academics and athletic training... and those who excel are rewarded with full scholarships to the top prep schools in the United States. ELEVATE follows four young men who make the cut and head off to America, and documents the challenges they face, ranging from the alienation that comes with being a seven foot tall Muslim at a Christian prep school, mastering English, adapting to aggressive American-style basketball... and navigating the vagaries of high school, girls, and drivers ed. But the right combination of determination and skill will earn these young men a great education and pave the way to college... and maybe even a shot at the NBA.moreless
  • Elevate LAFF - Q & A

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    6/16/11

    The question and answer session for Elevate at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival.
  • Elevate Clip: African Saying

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    6/16/11

    Papa Madethie 'Dethie' Fall tries to tell his teammates a saying in African.
  • Elevate Clip: U.S. Arrival

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    6/16/11

    Assane Sene arrives in the United States for the first time.
  • Elevate Clip: Byago Introduction

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    6/16/11

    Introduction to Byago Diouf and his life in Africa.
  • Elevate

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    At SEEDS Academy in Dakar, Senegal, the best and tallest young basketball players from across West Africa are hand-picked to take part in a strenuous program of academics and athletic training. For these seven-foot-tall sixteen-year-olds, the rewards canmoreless
  • Elevate

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    From a basketball academy in West Africa to the high-pressure world of American prep schools, ELEVATE documents the extraordinary personal journeys of four particularly tall West African teenagers with big hearts, open minds, and NBA dreams. The SEEDS Academy in Dakar, Senegal, sits on a small plot of land leased from the government. There, the best young basketball players from across West Africa gather to take part in a strenuous program of academics and athletic training. For those who stand out, the potential reward is huge: full scholarships to the top prep schools in the United States, where the right combination of skill and dedication will earn them a great education, pave the way to college, and open the door to basketball at the NCAA level - and maybe even a shot at the NBA. For the four young men who make the cut, receive scholarships, and head off to the USA, their lives are changed forever. Filmed over four years and across two continents, ELEVATE documents the daunting challenges they face, from the alienation that comes with being a seven foot tall Muslim at a Christian prep school (in an American culture rife with African stereotypes) to mastering English, adapting to aggressive American-style basketball - and navigating the vagaries of high school, girls, and drivers ed. A heartwarming documentary that inspires without preaching, ELEVATE challenges the audience’s conception of Africa, America, and athletes - while putting a smile on their face at the same time.moreless

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