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    REVIEW | "Elevate," A Sincere Portrait of African NBA Aspirants, Amounts to "Hoop Dreams"-Lite

    "The rest of the world views us as lazy," says a coach to teen basketball aspirants at the SEEDS Academy, a boarding school in Dakar, Senegal. "You have to be our ambassadors." The pressure is on, but none of the young subjects followed by first-time documentarian Anne Buford in "Elevate" know if th...

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    SXSW Review: Basketball Doc 'Elevate' Scores

    In the last few years, documentary films (at least the ones that are seen by everybody outside of HBO subscribers or museum frequenters) have splintered, roughly, into two camps. In one camp are the "issue" films that tackle some kind of grand social or environmental concern (like, say, the diorama-...

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