Healing wounds and changing worldviews, all though a simple game of basketball.
Nine-year-old Hart is attending Jewish summer camp for the first time. As if that isn’t awkward enough, this summer the camp is going to play host to some very particular visitors, though the kids at camp don’t know that yet.
What everyone else knows is that in a nearby small town called Eckville, a teacher by the name of Jim Keegstra was fired for spreading antisemitic views in his classroom, where he told his students that the Holocaust was a hoax. To make matters worse, he’s also the nearby town’s mayor. To help combat Keegstra’s lies the Eckville and Jewish communities decide that the best path forward is to invite the students taught by Keegstra to the summer camp for a day of fun and fellowship. What transpires in this graphic memoir by filmmaker Hart Snider is a basketball game for all time.
Adapted from the National Board of Canada’s (NFB) short animation of the same name, The Basketball Game is a poignant tale of the power of community as a means to rise above hatred and bigotry. In the end, as is recognized by the kids playing the basketball game, we’re all in this together.