SON OF THE CONGO

By Adam HOOTNICK

ESPN, INC. - as PROD

Biography - Completed 2014

Serge Ibaka’s improbable journey has taken him from the violence of Congo to the top of the NBA. In Son of the Congo, Ibaka returns home, hoping his basketball success can help rebuild a country and inspire a new generation to dream of a better life.

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SXSW 2015
Documentary Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Biography, Documentary
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, LINGALA, FRENCH, SPANISH
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 54 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Adam HOOTNICK
    • Writer(s)
    • Adam HOOTNICK
    • Producer(s)
    • Adam HOOTNICK, John DAHL (ESPN), David JACOBY (ESPN), Connor SCHELL (ESPN), Dan SILVER (ESPN), Bill SIMMONS (ESPN), Persis KOCH (Humble), Eric BERKOWITZ (Humble), Ned BROWN (Humble), Susan BRIDGETT (Humble), Eve RODRICK (Humble), Andrea THEODORE (Humble), Melissa FORNABAIO (Humble)
    • Synopsis
    • Twenty-four-year-old Serge Ibaka’s improbable journey has taken him from the war-torn streets of Congo to the top echelon of the NBA. In Son of the Congo, Ibaka returns home to recount the poignant story of his childhood and confront the stark reality faced by a new generation of Congolese youth. Not content to settle for photo ops, Ibaka revisits the neighborhoods where he once slept in empty lots and practiced basketball without shoes. With grace and generosity, Ibaka receives and supports an endless stream of friends and strangers who hope he can change their lives. The odds are long, but Ibaka shares an unshakeable faith that a better future is only possible only if you never stop trying.
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