Elevate (2011)

Elevate was released on DVD on February 14, 2012
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From a basketball academy in West Africa to the high-pressure world of American prep schools, ELEVATE documents the extraordinary personal journeys of four particularly tall West African teenagers with big hearts, open minds, and NBA dreams.

The SEEDS Academy in Dakar, Senegal, sits on a small plot of land leased from the government. There, the best young basketball players from across West Africa gather to take part in a strenuous program of academics and athletic training. For those who stand out, the potential reward is huge: full scholarships to the top prep schools in the United States, where the right combination of skill and dedication will earn them a great education, pave the way to college, and open the door to basketball at the NCAA level… and maybe even a shot at the NBA.

ELEVATE follows four young men who make the cut, receive scholarships, and head off to the USA. Filmed over four years and across two continents, ELEVATE documents the daunting challenges they face, from the alienation that comes with being a seven foot tall Muslim at a Christian prep school (in an American culture rife with African stereotypes) to mastering English, adapting to aggressive American-style basketball… and navigating the vagaries of high school, girls, and drivers ed.

A heartwarming documentary that inspires without preaching, ELEVATE challenges the audience’s conception of Africa, America, and athletes–while putting a smile on their face at the same time.

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US DVD Release Date February 14, 2012
UK DVD Release Date UK - Not announced
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Complete Movie Details

Run time 81 Minutes
DVD and Blu-ray Release Date February 14, 2012
Actors Amadou Gallo Fall, Papa Madethie 'Dethie' Fall
Directed by Anne Buford
Studio Variance Films
MPAA PG (Rated PG for brief mild language)
Gross $3,547
Genre(s) Documentary
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