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Rated PG for brief mild language.

PG In Theaters 10/21/2011 , 81min.
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The New York Times
Mr. Fall, a former scout for the Dallas Mavericks, founded the Seeds Academy to nurture his countrymen. His conviction, level gaze and firm eloquence instill pride, drive and determination in his players. Mr. Fall, a coach on the court and in life, is the real champion here. Full Review
Eric Kohn
Elevate nails the mission, but not the message. Full Review
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
It's all presented with equal parts humor and sensitivity, though Buford doesn't much delve into the potential landmines here - racism, classism, exploitation - allowing the power of assimilation and opportunity to carry the day. Full Review
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
One of the many beautiful things about this affecting, informative doc is the opportunity it gives to see the American college sports world through different eyes. Full Review
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
Long on hopefulness but short on sobering realities, Elevate proves a compelling if superficial look at the arduous path traveled by Senegalese teens hoping to make it to America for a higher education and an NBA career. Full Review

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