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NBA star Serge Ibaka documents his journey

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 02:01

The Congo native hopes to motivate and inspire young people with his new documentary film, ''Son of the Congo.'' Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The rags-to-riches story of NBA star Serge Ibaka is told in the new documentary film "Son of the Congo." Ibaka, who attended the film's premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas on March 14, said he wanted to inform and inspire people with the movie. "I'm sure people know Serge Ibaka, see me playing, but didn't really know what I did to be here, where I am now. So, one of the reasons was just to show the world everything is possible, you know, especially the young people," said the 6'10 power forward. Director Adam Hootnick said Ibaka's journey is a lesson in resolve. "When you see Serge Ibaka's story and when you understand what he came from, despite his incredible physical gifts that he was born with. That it was his heart and his determination and more than anything his belief that miracles are possible," said Hootnick. Ibaka revealed that going back home with cameras and recalling memories from his past wasn't as easy as he thought. "Showing where I came from, where I was living, my home. I'm sure you're going to see in the film, it was hard, you know. But like I said, I just want to help. I think my story can help a lot of young kids, a lot of young people. So that's why I did," said Ibaka. The Oklahoma Thunder star, who was born in Brazzaville, is somewhat like a rock star back home in the Congo, which provided challenges for Hootnick and his team. The film will be released online on March 23 for free, with access for anyone in the world to view. The movie will also air on the U.S. cable sports station ESPN on April 17.

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NBA star Serge Ibaka documents his journey

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 02:01