NUYORICAN BÁSQUET

AT SEGUNDO RUIZ BELVIS CULTURAL CENTER

Nuyorican Básquet

Puerto Rico / 2017 / 108 min.
Directed by Ricardo Olivero Lora, Julio César Torres
Genre: Documentary
English & Spanish w/ English Subtitles

Nuyorican Básquet tells the dramatic story of Puerto Rico’s 1979 National Basketball Team, whose players were mainly born or raised in New York. In a historic and emotionally charged encounter, this team contended for the medal in the final of the XIII Pan American Games against the United States. Almost all of the twelve athletes developed in the basketball courts of New York Afro-Americans and they became the hope of the Puerto Rican people during Cold War times. The symbolic clash between colony and empire was surrounded by grave political repression circumstances. This documentary showcases the influence of Nuyoricans in Puerto Rican basketball in an intertwined account where the game, the diaspora and the complex roads of Puerto Rican identity invite to reflect upon what Puerto Rico is today.

“Nuyorican Básquet” cuenta la dramática historia del Equipo Nacional de Baloncesto de Puerto Rico de 1979, cuyos jugadores eran en su mayoría nacidos o criados en Nueva York. En un encuentro histórico y cargado de emociones, este equipo disputó la final de los XIII Juegos Panamericanos contra Estados Unidos en Puerto Rico. Doce atletas, casi todos desarrollados mano a mano con los afroamericanos en el baloncesto callejero nuyorquino, se convierten en la esperanza del pueblo puertorriqueño en plena Guerra Fría. El enfrentamiento simbólico de la colonia versus el imperio queda dramatizado en tiempos de fuerte represión política. Este documental retrata la influencia de los nuyoricans en el baloncesto nacional donde el deporte, la diáspora y los complejos caminos de la identidad puertorriqueña se entrelazan e invitan a la reflexión sobre lo que es Puerto Rico hoy.

Nuyorican Básquet is presented at SRBCC thanks to a collaboration between the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, with the generous support of the Chicago Community Trust. The screening of the film will be followed by a Q & A with directors Julio Cesar González Torres and Ricardo Olivero Lora. This event is part of the series: Borinken Me Llama.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH

FILM: 7:00 PM
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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
4048 W. Armitage Ave.

Donation: $12

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