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Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters, January 6, 2019

Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters
Filmmaker and Needham native Daniel Hedges

Sunday, January 6, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

Free and open to the public
Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

In 2008, Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers used the philosophy of Ubuntu (a traditional African notion of unity) to bring his team together and work unselfishly towards winning the championship. Through interviews with NBA players and coaches as well as everyday role models, "Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters", which premiered on NBA TV in late 2017, tells the story of this winning team as well as how basketball is being used as a development tool for kids and players in Zimbabwe, the history of the sport on the continent of Africa and the potential of the sport's future star athletes.

Please join us for a screening of "Hoops Africa: Ubuntu Matters", a film that is a collection of stories that celebrates the past, present, and future of basketball in Africa, spotlighting the sport's impact on African society and its development on the continent. From documenting the dreams of a young Zimbabwean player to honoring the NBA legends who paved the way before him, this film journeys through the growth of the game in Africa. Centering on basketball nonprofit "Hoops 4 Hope" in South Africa and Zimbabwe, this documentary uncovers the role the African philosophy of Ubuntu played in the Boston Celtics' 2008 NBA Championship season and also documents the historic 2015 NBA Africa Game. Featuring Hakeem Olajuwon, Dikembe Mutombo, Adam Silver, Luol Deng, Luc Mbah a Moute, Chris Paul, Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, and many more NBA greats, this documentary shows us all why #UbuntuMatters.

After the screening, Dan Hedges will lead a discussion about the film and his path from Needham to filmmaker.


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