Two ordinary inner-city kids dare to dream the impossible — professional basketball glory — in this epic chronicle of hope and faith. Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams follows young Arthur Agee and William Gates as they navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics while striving to overcome the intense pressures of family life and the realities of their Chicago streets. —The Criterion Collection
Steve James is the director of the acclaimed film Hoop Dreams, which won the Documentary Audience Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win multiple major critics’ prizes and an Academy Award nomination for best editing; Stevie, which won the Documentary Excellence in Cinematography Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival; and At the Death House Door, which won numerous festival awards. James has just completed No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson for the acclaimed ESPN series 30 for 30. –Sundance
Read bell hooks' critique of Hoop Dreams: http://books.google.com/books?id=hRtGzesft_AC&pg=PA77&lpg=PA77&dq=bell+hooks+hoop+dreams&source=bl&ots=TMQtKq3_EA&sig=7Spq5NJl9T0JGWRjtktMk0fKHFw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=SFyfULSPA8WYiAKX6YDQCQ&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=bell%20hooks%20hoop%20dreams&f=false
This film is often discussed in terms of its social context, as it should be, but watching it now, some two decades after the events depicted in the film, it reveals itself as a great human story of dreams and hopelessness. It's a deep, intimate story told on an epic scale.