Salaam Dunk
Available on Prime Video
Basketball is much more than a game in this stirring documentary about an Iraqi women's basketball team at the American University of Iraq - Sulaimani. For the young women on the team, most of whom have never been allowed to play any sport, basketball is a blissful release from the realities of a war-torn nation. They come from all corners of Iraq to attend this prestigious school, but many cannot tell family back home they attend an "American" university. They come from all ethnicities and sects—Arab, Kurd, Turcoman, Shiite, Sunni, Christian—but the joy they discover in playing the game and the love they come to feel for the young American man who coaches them reveals an Iraq united in a way we've never seen before. A FilmBuff Presentation.
Director David Fine