Elevate Poster

Release Date: October 21st, 2011

DVD Release Date: February 14th, 2012

PG|1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary
Four exceptionally tall youths from Senegal come to the U.S. in the hope that eventually each will be selected for a position on a pro basketball team.

Director: Anne Buford

Genres: Documentary

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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. show more

  • 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. show more

  • Elevate works as a sympathetic portrait of cultural adjustment (learning in a nonnative language, sticking to Muslim dietary restrictions), but never adequately addresses the problems of what's essentially a neocolonialist system designed to shape impoverished Africans into first-world profit-makers. show more

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