The Other Dream Team / Kita svajonių komanda (Lithuania/USA, 2012)

directed by Marius Markevicius, documentary, 90 min, eng subtitles
written by Marius Markevicius, Jon Weinbach
with Sarunas Marciulionis, Arvydas Sabonis

After leading the USSR to a gold medal (and victory over the U.S.A.) at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, Lithuanian basketball players Sarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis were poster boys for their oppressor's sports machine. Four years later, after the fall of the Soviet Union, they emerged as symbols of democracy, helping their country break free from the shackles of Communism, and willing newly independent Lithuania to the medal stand at the Barcelona Olympics.

"The Other Dream Team" documents Lithuanians' experiences behind the Iron Curtain, where elite athletes were subjected to brutalities of Communist rule. As they hid from KGB agents and feared for their lives, Lithuania's basketball stars always shared a common goal - to utilise their athletic gifts to help free their country.

With a mix of real footage, incisive interviews and exclusive archival images culled from former Soviet archives, "The Other Dream Team" reveals how a special group of athletes journeyed through the bleak era of Communism to the rebirth of a nation -- and the re-discovery of own free will. It is global basketball's ultimate 'long, strange trip' -- with a very happy ending.

Awards:
Sundance Film Festival 2012 (Official Selection, U.S. Documentary Competition)