In 2010 Salt Springer Yoni went to work with an NGO called Hoops 4 Hope in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Forming a strong friendship with basketball and life skills coach Lala, he set out to create a documentary illustrating the impact basketball has on some of those countries’ poorest townships. The resulting film follows five of the top up and coming basketball players in Cape Town and Harare as they take us on a journey through one day in their busy lives. For these young Africans with overwhelming hoop dreams, basketball is more than just a game. It symbolizes hope for a brighter future.
Director Yoni Marmorstein in attendance
Yoni Marmorstein was raised on Salt Spring Island. After graduating from GISS in 2006 he went to university for Recreation and Sport Management. In 2010 he got to put his education to use, while volunteering for an NGO called Hoops 4 Hope in South Africa and Zimbabwe. With only a hand held camcorder, Yoni documented everything he could while volunteering with H4H.
After returning home he decided to take filmmaking more seriously and took an intensive documentary filmmaking course at Pull Focus Film School in Vancouver. In October of 2011 Yoni went back to Africa with proper video equipment. He had the idea of making a film documenting a regular day in the lives of top young basketball players in Southern Africa with overwhelming hoop dreams. Yoni recently moved back to Salt Spring, where he is coaching the Sr. Boys basketball team. He is excited to finally share this project, and what better place to show his film than his home town of Salt Spring.