Allen Iverson's reputation as the nation's best young athlete is overshadowed by his involvement in a heated brawl, laden with deep racial implications. Q&A with director, Steve James, to follow the screening.
No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson Dir. Steve James, 2010, 80 min. On February 13, 1993, 17-year-old Bethel High School basketball star Allen Iverson entered a Hampton, Virginia bowling alley with several classmates. It was supposed to be an ordinary evening, but it became a night that defined Iverson's young life: a quarrel soon erupted into a brawl pitting Iverson's young, black friends against a group of older white men. The fallout from the fight and the handling of the subsequent trial landed the nation's best high school athlete in jail and sharply divided the city along racial lines. Director Steve James returns to his hometown of Hampton, Virginia where he once played basketball, to take a personal look at this still disputed incident and examine its impact on Iverson and the community.
Part of 'Master Class: Steve James':
Identifying and surveying exemplary careers in documentary production through an expansive lens.
Curated by Sylvia Savadjian.
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