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October 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Documentary starring Aziz N’Diaye hits theaters today

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Washington junior center Aziz N’Diaye (above, left) is featured in the documentary ‘Elevate’ that follows four teenagers from West Africa on a four-year journey as they travel from a basketball academy in Senegal, to American prep schools and on to college.
Huskies assistant coach Raphael Chillious, the former coach at South Kent School in Connecticut, also appears in the film.
The critically-acclaimed film is being described as an international spin-off to the ground-breaking 1994 classic “Hoop Dreams,” which tracks two Chicago teens who battled their out of the projects with hopes of making it to the NBA.
Elevate depicts a similar struggle out of poverty, but the story begins in Senegal where 21% of the population graduates from high school and the per capita income is $980 a year. It tracks Assane Sene (Virginia), Dethie Fall (Roanoke College), Byago Diouf (Carroll College) and N’Diaye to the Nike sponsored SEEDS Academy in Dakar, Senegal and documents their journey overseas.
The filmmakers followed N’Diaye to Lake Forest Academy in Illinois where he played one season. They also followed him to the College of Southern Idaho where he starred as a freshman and tore knee ligaments forcing him to miss the 2009-10 season.
“It looks great,” N’Diaye said. “I like it. It just reminds me of a lot of memories from when I was younger and back home.”
The film opens today in New York. It debuts in Seattle on Nov. 18 at AMC Pacific Place 11.
Here’s a look at the trailer.

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