It's a testament to the ability of the filmmakers and the strength of the story they tell that even with a running time of 170 minutes Hoop Dreams never loses the viewer as it follows the struggles of two high school kids in Chicago who want to play professional basketball. First released in 1994, this documentary appeared on more critics' top ten lists than any other film that year. And remember that 1994 was the year of Pulp Fiction, Quiz Show, The Shawshank Redemption, and Forrest Gump, four highly regarded films (though only two of them are truly significant works—you can argue in the comments section over which two I mean).

Race, class, education, sports—Hoop Dreams engaged all these issues and more, justifying its lengthy runtime. But ultimately the film succeeds because of its humanity. This is one of the most moving documentaries you'll see.

Museum of the Moving Image screens the film twice this weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, at 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

Hoop Dreams (1994)
Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10
12:30 (Saturday) and 1 p.m. (Sunday)
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave, New York
Tickets are free with museum admission