A Most Beautiful Thing documents the stories of the men from America’s first all African-American high school rowing team as they reunite 20 years later to inspire a new generation.
Following a rave reception at this year’s SXSW film festival, the film has released its first trailer:
The Manley High School team, captained by Arshay Cooper, included members from rival gangs on Chicago’s west side. The film is narrated by singer Common and executive produced by NBA stars Grant Hill and Dwyane Wade.
Via the film’s site:
The film takes a deep dive into the backstories of these young men, examining the issues of trauma and violence. As the team’s captain, Arshay Cooper, reflected, “When we were on the water, we were in a place where we could not hear the sound of sirens or bullets, and that allowed us to shape a different vision for ourselves, of who and what we could become. And that was a beautiful thing.”
In the wake of the death of a coach, these young men decided to come back together, after 20 years out of the boat, to race once more. For their sons and for their community.
Cooper also wrote a memoir titled Suga Water. Originally self-published, the book will soon be reissued via Macmillan.
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