Elevate is one of those documentaries that look like it will leave you with good feelings about the world. It follows four young African men who win chances to get into American prep schools to play basketball. The goal for them is to get into college to play ball and maybe even get a shot at the NBA.
They come from the SEEDS Academy in Dakar, Senegal which gathers the best young players from across West Africa. Its a strenuous program of academics and training. Stand-outs get the opportunity at America. The boys struggle with being Muslims at Christian prep schools, mastering English, adapting to American basketball, the vagaries of high school and keeping up their skills on the court.
The film will have limited releases in New York and LA through October and November.