Elevate (2011)

Elevate
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG
Runtime 1hr 21mins.
Genres Sports, Documentary
Keywords basketball, culture, sports, survival
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Dethie Fall Actor Himself 1 1000001
Aziz N'Diaye Actor Himself 1 1000002
Assane Sene Actor Himself 1 1000003
Byago Diouf Actor Himself 1 1000004
Amadou Fall Actor Himself 1 1000005
Andy Vadnais Actor Himself 1 1000006
Raphael Chillious Actor Himself 1 1000007
Anne Buford Director n/a 2 2000001
Anne Buford Producer n/a 3 3000001
Chiemi Karasawa Producer n/a 3 3000002
Victoria Yoffie Producer n/a 3 3000003
Mark Becker Producer n/a 3 3000004
Peter Holt Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Robert Kaplan Executive Producer n/a 174 3000006
R. Buford Executive Producer n/a 174 3000007
Jesse Ruuttila Co-Producer n/a 170 3000008
Jesse Ruuttila Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Daniel Vecchione Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Richard Hankin Editor n/a 172 7000001
Mark Becker Editor n/a 172 7000002
Synopsis
A look at the personal journeys of four particularly tall West African Muslim teenagers who are recruited to play basketball in the United States both for their physical and academic skills. Assane, Dethie, Byago and Aziz accept basketball scholarships to schools in the United States, and are confronted with the daunting challenges of alienation, a foreign language, American-style basketball and an unfamiliar American culture rife with African stereotypes. Despite all these hurdles, they relentlessly pursue their dreams to obtain an education and a shot at the NBA.