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2018 Asian American International Film Festival


Directed by Ruby Yang

DOCUMENTARIES / Documentary, Sports / 58 mins


Village East Cinema
July 29, 2018 3:30 pm Not Available


On any given day on the vast Tibetan Plateau, you will find nomads herding their yaks and sheep, and monks reciting their mantras. You will also find them playing one of their favorite sports — basketball. Makeshift courts are found in nearly every village. Next to traditional horseback riding, basketball has become a way for young men to work off their aggression and channel their energy. With the introduction of televised NBA games, the nomads of Ritoma have a new strategy for their court game. And when a proper coach arrives from the United States, slam-dunk becomes their new mantra.

A new tournament has been announced, the first in their region. Can they put together a team that’s good enough to take part? Might they even be able to win?

Tickets to Screening:

$16 General
$12 Student/Senior

Screening made possible by: Bangladesh Circle, Incluvie

Director's Bio

Filmmaker Ruby Yang has worked as director, producer, and editor on a range of feature and documentary films exploring Chinese themes. Her film THE BLOOD OF YINGZHOU DISTRICT won an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) in 2007. She is also known for her feature documentary CITIZEN HONG KONG and the award-winning documentary MY VOICE, MY LIFE.

Preceded By

  1. NGUYENing | The Lee Nguyen Story

    Alfonso Bui / SHORT FILMS / USA, Vietnam / Documentary, Sports / 22 mins
    In NGUYENing: The Lee Nguyen Story, director Alfonso Bui tells the story of how a teenage soccer phenomenon from Texas skyrocketed to unprecedented stardom, becoming the first Vietnamese player to represent the United States. The film covers Nguyen’s time with PSV Eindhoven, move to Vietnam, and eventual return to the United States. Along the way, viewers hear from Nguyen’s close friends and family, as well as the player himself.

    Precedes: RITOMA

Dates & Times


Village East Cinema
July 29, 2018 3:30 pm Not Available