Ambitious film spanning five years in the lives of two basketball hopefuls from inner city Chicago. In the cut-throat world of US sports, both boys make it into an elite high school which produced one of their idols, NBA star Isiah Thomas, but have trouble with grades and their home lives. Their longing to escape and become NBA stars is palpable, making their struggles more poignant. Amazingly Hoop Dreams was not even nominated for a best documentary feature Oscar. A key moment comes when one mum asks:"Do you all wonder sometimes how I am living? How my children survive and they're living? It's enough to really make people want to lash out and hurt somebody."
Director: Steve James Cast: Arthur Agee, William Gates