• Released
  • October 21, 2011
  • (NY; LA 11/4)
  • PG , 1 hr 23 min
  • Documentary
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Elevate Synopsis
Four Senegalese youths come to the U.S. in the hope of achieving a career in pro basketball.
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80

Variety

Hoop dreams die hard, and the stories in Elevate are both sobering and thrilling.
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80

The New York Times

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Mr. Fall, a former scout for the Dallas Mavericks, founded the Seeds Academy to nurture his countrymen. His conviction, level gaze and firm...
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80

Village Voice

Four years, two continents, and a whole lot of culture shock in the making, Anne Buford's endearing and vibrantly photographed hoop-dreams...
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75

indieWIRE

By Eric Kohn
Elevate nails the mission, but not the message.
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70

Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
It's all presented with equal parts humor and sensitivity, though Buford doesn't much delve into the potential landmines here - racism,...
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
One of the many beautiful things about this affecting, informative doc is the opportunity it gives to see the American college sports world...
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50

Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
Long on hopefulness but short on sobering realities, Elevate proves a compelling if superficial look at the arduous path traveled by...
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40

Time Out New York

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Elevate works as a sympathetic portrait of cultural adjustment (learning in a nonnative language, sticking to Muslim dietary restrictions),...
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Rated PG | For brief mild language