Academy award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is in the news once again, for all the right reasons. While her latest web miniseries, Stories for Our Children pays tribute to Pakistan’s unsung heroes, she recently announced a collaboration with HBO Sports for an upcoming sports documentary.
Titled Student Athlete, the documentary talks about the complex rules of amateur athletics in America and will show how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families. Following the life of four young men at different stages of their athletic careers, it is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, October 2, on HBO. It will be co-directed by Trish Dalton while the production team is being led by NBA superstar and three-time world champion LeBron James, who is said to be “one of today’s most socially responsible and community-minded athletes”.
“We embedded in the world of men’s college basketball and football, capturing athletes’ hopes and dreams being shattered by the harsh reality of what it means to be a ‘student athlete’ in a billion-dollar industry,” co-directors Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Trish Dalton said in a statement.
The documentary features former NCAA and NFL coach John Shoop, New Jersey high school basketball phenom Nick Richards (now at the University of Kentucky), Mike Shaw, who played at the University of Illinois and Bradley University, Shamar Graves, a former wide receiver at Rutgers University and Silas Nacita, a walk-on who played at Baylor University.