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Hoop Dreams


Location: Redstone Theater

Dir. Steve James. 1994, 170 mins. DCP. Called “the great American documentary” by Roger Ebert, and routinely listed among the all-time best films, Hoop Dreams is an intimate epic that follows two talented young men over six life-shaping years. William Gates and Arthur Agee are African-American high school students from inner-city Chicago recruited into a predominately white rural school with an excellent basketball team. They commute 90 minutes to school, where they struggle to adapt to the new social environment and shoulder expectations of family and friends back home. A portrait of two characters becomes a saga of two communities, the education system, sports, race, and poverty in the United States.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $7 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online. (Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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