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On the Shoulders of Giants
The Story of the Greatest Basketball Team
You Never Heard Of

Widescreen DVD
Produced by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Deborah Morales
Directed by Deborah Morales

“The subtitle says it all: ‘The greatest basketball team you never heard of.’ Their actual name was the Harlem Renaissance, but they were known to their many fans and admirers as the Rens. To understand their significance, and the history they made (much of it lost or forgotten) you have to understand the broader picture of race in America during the first half of the 20th century, and the unique culture of Harlem. To do this, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Deborah Morales corralled the most impressive, diverse and in some cases surprising array of interview subjects imaginable, including Maya Angelou, Dr. Cornel West, Bill Russell, Charles Barkley, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Costas, the late John Wooden, Spike Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Julius Erving, Jerry West, and Herbie Hancock, to name just a few! They all make significant, even eloquent, contributions to the story of a remarkable group of men who comprised the first all-black professional basketball team in America.”
—Leonard Maltin, Film Critic

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