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“It’s the only thing on my mind is gettin’ downstate. Just makin’ it down there. I wanna be able to go all out. No setbacks, no nothin’. When I step on that floor I gonna be all business.” That’s St Joseph High School basketball player williamgates (right) lying in a hospital bed after undergoing a potentially career-threatening knee operation following a demoralising loss against Gordon Tech. In hoopdreams we follow the quest of Gates and point guard arthuragee as they try to lift themselves out of troubled inner city chicago and reach the NBA like folk hero isaiahthomas. For both , this is their one and only shot. The changing fortunes play out like a seesaw on screen and this image is one of the few times we see them together. As Agee says, they’re after the same thing. He feels Gates’ pain. There are many challenges to deal with along the way: absent fathers, financial hardship, difficulties with studies, parenthood The documentary took six years to make and was released in 1994. Initially Steve James and his co-directors intended to make a 30-minute film about high-school basketball for PBS but they quickly discovered that there was a far more compelling web of stories behind that story. The final running time was around three hours, unheard of at the time, and opened the floodgates for the buffet of non-fiction filmmaking we are able to feast on today. Hoop Dreams is easily one of the best docs I have ever seen because you are so caught up in their world. And you don’t have to be into bball one iota. This was about chasing a dream, wrestling with doubt, overcoming adversity and dealing with disappointment. It’s about family, community, faith and hope. Values in sport, also. As the great film critic rogerebert wrote back in the 90s, “It gives us the impression of having touched life itself.