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Betsy Blankenbaker's amateurish video documentary (2002) tells the story of the Crispus Attucks High School Tigers, an all-black basketball squad that struck a blow for racial equality by winning the Indiana state championship in 1955 (one year after being defeated by the white team memorialized in Hoosiers). Many of the surviving players sit for interviews—including NBA legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson—but they often seem distant and self-conscious, proud of their achievement yet unwilling to revisit the era's injustice and anger. A dearth of game footage and a wealth of inspirational platitudes contribute to the sense of a powerful tale having already faded into yellowed newspaper clippings. 64 min.

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