March 3rd, 2016 Last Updated on: March 3rd, 2016
ESPN Films brings us an exciting documentary highlighting the importance of basketball in an Alaska Native community: I Am Yup'ik.
Every year they gather from tiny subsistence villages on Alaska's Bering Sea Coast, traveling hundreds of miles on bush planes to compete on the biggest stage they will ever know – the All-Yup'ik District Basketball Tournament. The hope of Toksook Bay is Byron Nicholai, a 16-year-old Yup'ik Eskimo who is determined to lead his village to the championship. After his father left, Byron didn't learn how to hunt in the traditional Yupik way. For Byron, this tournament isn't just about basketball-it's a way to bring pride to his family and community.
Watch the full documentary below!
Congratulations go out to directors Daniele Anastasion and Nathan Golon for getting the short film I Am Yup'ik to the 2016 Sundance Film Festival! I know we'll all be talking about this one for years to come.
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