On The Shoulders Of Giants

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The feature-length documentary "On the Shoulders of Giants" honors a group of sports pioneers who have been all but forgotten to time, and it celebrates the legacy of a magical game - and the shoulders that today's players stand on. This story finds its footing in the rhythms of jazz, its roots in the Harlem Renaissance... and its voice in a group of players much too talented to be ignored. Basketball today is a star sport, with the highly paid players, endorsements, and the fan base to prove it. But that wasn't always the case. In the beginning, those who tried to make a living at it, black or white, had a hardscrabble life. But one immigrant from the West Indies, Bob Douglas, loved the new sport of basketball and was determined to make it profitable. To do this, he would not only have to fight for the game itself, but against the rampant racism that was determined to see him fail. His team, the New York Renaissance Big Five, affectionately known as the Harlem Rens, became the embodiment of a new attitude among African Americans who fought to be recognized for their abilities rather than for the color of their skin. Archival footage, innovative 3D graphics and reenactments, along with Interviews with celebrities and sports legends, all combine to tell the story of the greatest basketball team you never heard of - and of the heroes, both sung and unsung, who remind us that we are all standing "On the Shoulders of Giants".

Never Before Seen Bonus Material by Basketball Legends Bill Russell, Jerry Reinsdorf, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Marques Haynes discussing the History Of Basketball.

Subtitles: English (Closed Captioned).

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Starring: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Studio Name: Iconomy, Llc
DVD Release Date: 01/31/2012
Rating: Not Rated
Format: DVD
Run Time (in minutes): 75 minutes
Language: English
Audio Tracks: AC, Digital Sound
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.16
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.44
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5.0 stars by MrBeloved

As a big fan of yours let me say THANK YOU for being a true ambassador of not only basketball but also of Black History which is also American History! The Documentary “On the shoulders of Giants” is a remarkable collection of perspectives on perhaps one of the biggest pieces of black American sports culture and history. The documentary is well done on every level with exceptional points of view and reference from some of America’s most talented artists and historians. The transitioning of the piece from the early century to the current day phenomenon called the NBA is inspiring. As a lover of pure basketball and history this is truly a great story that expresses what is remarkable in the human spirit. The interviews, visuals, and narrations are excellent and well done. I would recommend this movie to anyone for educational, entertainment, or inspirational purposes. This is a great story that needs to be told over and over again.

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