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Monday, Apr 15, 2019 5:30 PM
An intimate coming-of-age documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team at Huntsville's J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding entry on Alabama's list of failing schools, as they face personal challenges in their attempt to win the state championship.
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General Admission Adult Evening - $9.00
General Admission Seniors (60+) - $6.50
General Admission UI Student (with valid ID) - $6.50
General Admission Children (12 and younger) - $6.50

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"A superb sports documentary." - Kenneth Turan, the Los Angeles Times

"Has a raw honesty that disdains forced uplift." - Jeannette Catsoulis, the New York Times (Critic's Pick)

"A moving and haunting portrait." - Gary Garrison, the Playlist

WINNER: Audience Choice Award and Best Sports Documentary (Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival);
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Milwaukee Film Festival; Big Sky Documentary Film Festival; Traverse City Film Festival

Hoop Dreams goes to the mat in this intimate, coming-of-age documentary about four members of a high-school wrestling team at Huntsville's J.O. Johnson High School, a longstanding entry on Alabama's list of failing schools.

Coached by teacher Chris Scribner, teammates Jailen, Jamario, Teague, and Jaquan each face challenges far beyond a shot at the State Championship: splintered family lives, drug use, teenage pregnancy, mental health struggles, and run-ins with the law threaten to derail their success on the mat and lock any doors that could otherwise open. Tough-love coach Scribner isn't off the hook, either; he must come to terms with his own past conflicts while unwittingly wading intot he complexities of race, class and privilege in the South.

Director Suzannah Herbert and co-director Lauren Belfer captured over 650 hours of footage during the course of the team's final season to create this closely observed, deeply affecting depiction of growing up disadvantaged in America today.