MLSE and Elevation Pictures are excited to announce that Giants of Africa will be playing at Cineplex Event Cinemas at Yonge and Dundas starting on April 7th! Please come out to support the film, and help us to spread the word.
On a continent where dreams are often displaced for necessity and survival, the game of basketball brings hope to many young men raised on the soils of Africa. Giants of Africa follows Masai Ujiri, president of the Toronto Raptors, on a journey of philanthropy and inspiration.
To attend the GOA camps, young men from across the continent overcome staggering odds, with an unwavering spirit. Though most of these youth want to become African NBA stars like Hakeem Olajuwon or Dikembe Mutombo, Giants of Africa is about more than merely “making it.” As Ujiri demands of the kids in the camps, “You have to grow up and you have to be better.” Make their countries better. Their continent better. Through their tireless efforts, Ujiri and his team of coaches inspire young Africans to aim, always, ever higher.
Giants of Africa was directed by award-winning Canadian documentarian Hubert Davis. With Hardwood, a short film about his Harlem Globetrotter father, Davis became the first African-Canadian to be nominated for an Academy Award. Now, returning to the subject of basketball, he again captures the sport’s inherent poetry. Giants of Africa flows among numerous stories and locales with a grace like that of the players on screen. It pays tribute to the distinct cultures and histories of each nation, and captures the amazing physical and emotional journey that the young campers must endure to train with the best.