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Hoop Dreams

directed by Steve James
United States, 1994
  • English
  • No subtitles


Filmed over a five-year period, Hoop Dreams follows two inner-city boys as they navigate the complex, competitive world of scholastic athletics and strive to overcome the intense pressures of family life and the realities of the Chicago streets.

Our take

We close our Sundance series with one of the most acclaimed films to ever play the festival. Not just a landmark documentary, but a true American epic, Hoop Dreams caused a sensation on its release in 1994, and today ranks as one of the greatest works of non-fiction cinema ever made.

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