Tonight Giants of Africa bounced into NBA Summer League in Vegas to share our film of the same name – Giants of Africa – during a private screening for guests from the local African community, dignitaries and Summer League participants. Held at the Strip View Pavilion at Thomas and Mack Centre, the evening kicked off with an opening reception and brief remarks from host, Elle Young and the film’s Executive Producer, Hubert Davis who welcomed guests and shared a bit about the journey that let to the creation of the film.
The film which was featured last year at the Toronto International Film Festival documents the Toronto Raptors President, Masai Ujiri and his inspirational endeavour to create opportunities for youth in Africa. The story follows a movement Ujiri envisioned 14 years ago with the core of the film depicting the belief that basketball can be used as a tool to create lasting change through the empowerment of others, while growing the game in Africa.
Following the screening, a Q & A session was held with the film’s director, Hubert Davis and Masai Ujiri. Guests witnessed first hand Masai’s dedication and belief in the crucial role basketball can play in changing the world, “These kids are living testaments to the power of basketball. As much as we aim to inspire them to dream big, these kids were the ones that truly inspired us. Their stories and the role that basketball plays in their lives is truly remarkable. We are grateful for the opportunity to share their story and ultimately help these young people realize their potential through the game of basketball.”