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The Other Dream Team

The Other Dream Team is a documentary film directed by Marius A. Markevičius. It covers the inspirational story of the 1992 Lithuania national basketball team and their journey to the bronze medal at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The film not only looks at the Lithuanian team but also at the broader historical events. The fall of the Soviet Union allowed Lithuania to reestablish its independence and enter the Olympics as an independent country. After 50 years of Soviet oppression, the Lithuanian basketball team was a symbol of hope and liberation.The film includes interviews with many famous basketball figures such as Arvydas Sabonis, David Stern, Jim Lampley, Bill Walton, and Šarūnas Marčiulionis. The title is an allusion to the Dream Team, the first American Olympic basketball team to feature active NBA players.FilmingMarius A. Markevičius is a Lithuanian-American director. It took him over three years to make this film. The documentary combines historical footage with new interviews. During filming, the Lithuanians were asked to speak in English for the interviews. But because of the emotional nature of the topic, speaking in their native tongue was easier. A series of cutaway scenes follows an up-and-coming Lithuanian player, Jonas Valančiūnas, from his native Utena to the NBA draft of 2011. The documentary also shows Arvydas Sabonis being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
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The Other Dream Team

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Found: 20.10.2015

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