Hoop Dreams, dirs. Steve James, USA 1994. 172 min., English
Steve James’s landmark 1994 documentary follows two African-American high schoolers from the West Side of Chicago as they pursue their dreams of becoming professional basketball players.
Almost eight years in the making, Hoop Dreams chronicles the lives of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two talented young athletes who see basketball as a means of escaping poverty and securing a more prosperous existence for themselves and their families.
An astute window into American life and widely considered to be one of the great works of nonfiction cinema, Hoop Dreams was heralded by Roger Ebert upon its release as the best film of the decade.
This high-definition digital restoration marks 25 years since the film’s first release.