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Lessons of Basketball and War

Somali refugee girls struggle to make a new life in America with the help of dedicated educators.

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Lessons of Basketball and War - Trailer

Overview

Genre
Religion, Sports, Society, Contemporary Issues, and Minorities
Synopsis

“Lessons of Basketball and War” explores universal issues of violence, prejudice, cultural identity and conflict resolution as seen through the eyes of adolescent girls – refugees from war and famine in Somalia who have resettled in a strange foreign city. Will Muslim tradition and beliefs survive the onslaught of sexualized, celebrity obsessed America? Will teachers be able to help students with little previous education, rudimentary English and a propensity for an abhorrent form of personal violence? This film offers an entertaining and moving account of a year in their young lives and the challenges faced by one dedicated educator and peacemaker.

Stage
finished
Running time
56 minutes

Credits

  • Ron Bourke ... Produce/Director/Writer
  • Carl Vandervoort ... Director of Photography
  • Della Franklin ... Editor

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Ron Bourke Films
Country
United States
Years of Production
2014
Locations
Portland, Oregon USA

Distribution Details

Release year
2015
Festivals
Chagrin Documentary; Los Angeles Diversity; Greater Washington Immigration; Ethnographfilm, Paris; Emerge Film Festival; Global Peace; Portland; Cascade Festival of African Films; Red Rock; Richmond International; International Images;
Distribution
Currently available on Kanopy Streaming; Vimeo on Demand and Amazon Prime.
Language
English
Subtitles
English captions

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