QFT presents a 25th anniversary screening of Hoop Dreams; an epic chronicle of hope and faith, and arguably the greatest documentary of all time. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Steve James.
Hoop Dreams is the remarkable true story of two American dreamers; an intimate reflection of contemporary American inner-city culture, following two ordinary young men on the courts of the game they love.
Plucked from the streets and given the opportunity to attend a suburban prep school and play for a legendary high school coach, William Gates and Arthur Agee both soon discover that their dreams of NBA glory become obscured amid the intense pressures of academic and family life, economics and athletic competitiveness. But most importantly, both boys remain focused on their dream, no matter how hard tragedy strikes or how desperate their situation becomes.
This revelatory film continues to educate and inspire viewers, and it is widely considered one of the great works of American nonfiction cinema.
This screening will feature the 2014 restoration of the film.
Part of the Belfast International Arts Festival 2019.