Follow the Rock shares the sights, sounds and excitement of the All Native Basketball Tournament.
Audiences get to see cultural and athletic traditions that span over fifty years through the eyes of two of the tournament's superstars, Jacob Thom and Luke Robinson. Both men describe the inspiration, traditional depth and cultural beauty the tournament provides players and fans alike.
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For the last 50 years, First Nations from across B.C. have come together to battle on the basketball courts of the Pacific Northwest. But the All Native Basketball Tournament is more than a competition.
Nations don’t just bring their best basketball players — they bring their cultures as well. The tournament opens with a huge four-hour ceremony, where each team proudly dances into the gym to the sound of traditional drumming and song.
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During the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, I met up with several other CBC Short Filmmakers and was interviewed for this trailer.
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"All I see is our ancestors watching us. That's all I see when I dance."
The All Native Basketball Tournament starts with a four-hour opening ceremony, where each team dances in to traditional drumming and song. The 2017 All Native tournament had the Ahousaht Soul Shakers, led by The Thomas Brothers, open the tournament.
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Cut to a song performed by the Ahousaht Soul Shakers, this fast-paced trailer captures the raucous excitement felt at an All Native Basketball Tournament.
“Basketball is part of our livelihood, just as much as the traditional cultures of our community.”
Luke Robinson, a fan favourite at the tournament, explains the depth and beauty of the all Native Basketball Tournament.
This trailer is an ode to the CBC Short Docs Initiative. This new CBC stream of documentaries gives emerging and experienced filmmakers of all stripes the opportunity to makes films at a national broadcast level.