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Saturday Matinee – “Hoop Dreams”

By Greg Whitt / 10.27.12

We’ve seen a few examples of how growing up in an impoverished community where violence is a way of life has informed the behavior of one pair of young men from Chicago. Take a break from the negativity this Saturday, and watch another pair of Southside teens take a different path.

The groundbreaking 1994 documentary Hoop Dreams is one of the most accurate and compelling depictions of inner-city life ever committed to film. The tale of two up-and-coming basketball players, Arthur Agee and William Gates, illustrates two young men’s struggle to escape the circumstances of poverty and reach their ultimate goal of playing in the NBA. The two teens and their families experience gut-wrenching losses and triumphant victories along the way.

This film should be required viewing for out of touch politicians and talking heads who remain blissfully ignorant of the daily struggles of the people occupying the ghettos they ignore in their policies, speeches and coverage.

H/T: Kareem Sterling

TAGSArthur AgeeChicagoDocumentariesFrederick MarxHoop Dreams (Movie)Peter GilbertSaturday MatineesSMOKE BREAKSPORTSSteve JamesTV/MoviesVIDEOSWilliam Gates

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