In the 1950s, legendary high school basketball coach Lofton Greene led the recently racially integrated River Rouge High School Panthers to a record number of state championships in a league of otherwise segregated schools. Now, almost 70 years later, LaMonta Stone, a former Panther himself, has returned to the struggling industrial town of River Rouge to help the Panthers chase the school's 15th State Championship. In this coming-of-age story, Stone and four of his student-athletes strive in their quest to fulfill generations worth of work on and off the court. In addition to its primary characters, the film includes appearances by Michigan State Basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo, Detroit Pistons announcer George Blaha and longtime Free Press high school sports writer Mick McCabe, among others. Michigan premiere.

  • Hamoody Jaafar
  • Hamoody Jaafar, Razi Jafri, LaMonta Stone, Sam Widdoes and Mohamed Awan
  • 120 minutes
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The Freep Film Festival will showcase films that are about or relevant to Detroit, the region and Michigan in the hopes of fostering engagement and discussion about the issues and challenges we face while at the same time celebrating what makes us unique.