The Basket (1999)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Americana, Period Film, Sports Drama  |   Release Date - May 5, 2000 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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In this drama about intolerance and acceptance that takes place during World War I, a pair of German orphans, Helmut and Brigitta, are sent to a farming community in the Pacific Northwest after a stay in an internment camp. While they are welcomed by some in the town, many resent their presence, especially those who have lost family members in the war. However, a teacher at the school takes a liking to them, and Helmut discovers he has a talent for basketball. Eventually, Helmut gets a chance to prove his worth to the community by playing in a special basketball game; if the neighborhood team wins, it will mean a new harvesting machine for the local farmers.

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basketball, internment, German [nationality], orphan, world-war