Grantland’s Serge Ibaka Documentary Nets SXSW Premiere, Digital Release

/ Mar 15, 2015

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Grantland, the sports and culture site from ESPN and Bill Simmons, will premiere its first full-length documentary online in March.

“Son of the Congo” chronicles the rise of NBA star Serge Ibaka from his native Congo to playing alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The film will follow Ibaka’s return home to war-stricken Congo, and recount his childhood as well as explore the stark reality faced by most Congolese children.

An official SXSW selection, “Son of the Congo” premiered at the music, film, and technology festival on March 14.

Soon it will be available for a wider audience on Grantland.com, where it will air in five parts from March 23-27. The film will also air on ESPN on April 17 starting at 8pm ET.

“Son of the Congo” is directed by Adam Hootnick, and is produced in conjunction with his production company, Humble. Hootnick has previously worked with ESPN on the ESPN “30 for 30” short documentary entitled “Judging Jewell.”

Grantland, the sports and culture site from ESPN and Bill Simmons, will premiere its first full-length documentary online in March.

“Son of the Congo” chronicles the rise of NBA star Serge Ibaka from his native Congo to playing alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The film will follow Ibaka’s return home to war-stricken Congo, and recount his childhood as well as explore the stark reality faced by most Congolese children.

An official SXSW selection, “Son of the Congo” premiered at the music, film, and technology festival on March 14.

Soon it will be available for a wider audience on Grantland.com, where it will air in five parts from March 23-27. The film will also air on ESPN on April 17 starting at 8pm ET.

“Son of the Congo” is directed by Adam Hootnick, and is produced in conjunction with his production company, Humble. Hootnick has previously worked with ESPN on the ESPN “30 for 30” short documentary entitled “Judging Jewell.”

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