Masai Ujiri is a Toronto hero. In his three-year tenure as general manager for the Raptors (of which he is now president), he has transformed the once-floundering team into one of the strongest franchises in the NBA. During the off-season, Ujiri manages another team: the players at the Giants of Africa, a basketball camp he runs every summer for teens in his home country of Nigeria, plus Rwanda, Kenya and Ghana. A gripping new film at this year’s TIFF—also called Giants of Africa—chronicles Ujiri’s passion project. Hubert Davis, a documentary filmmaker whose dad was a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, spent the better part of a summer following Ujiri and his acolytes through intensive drills, agility tests and conditioning. We asked him about the story behind the film.
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