The Documentary Hoops Dreams By Steve James Essay

807 Words Feb 6th, 2016 4 Pages
Basketball is rapidly becoming the most popular sport in the United States with the National Basketball Association expects to bring in five billion in revenue this season. Basketball for many is seen as a game but for other it’s seen as a hope in which they can free themselves from endless cycle of poverty. That is exactly what is depicted in the documentary Hoops Dreams by Steve James who follows two young boys name Arthur Agee and William Gates. These two young boys live in the inner city of Westchester, Illinois where crime, drugs, and gang violence are prominent however, with dreams to play for the National Basketball Association they see basketball as a way to escape the area. They are picked up as basketball prospects for St. Josephs, a majority white school with an outstanding basketball program, which has produced famous basketball players such as Isaiah Thomas. By analyzing the film, to show its logical and emotional appeal that was used to make this film a nominee for Academy Award for Best Film Editing. What seems as a harmless documentary about kid’s dreams drags in a harsh reality of false promises schools and coaches make for these kids. Basketball is alternative that kids in less than adequate cities can utilize to escape the cycle of poverty and hardship, but athletics in American with schools and coaches making false promises of full scholarships only with the intention to leave them when they don’t perform to their expectations.
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