International Film Forum: Rise

9 January 2023

Rise (Akin Omotoso, 2022, USA/Greece, 113 min.) –  Q&A with director Akin Omotoso in person – co-sponsored by AFST & PEAR

Audiences have never seen a story like that of the Antetokounmpo’s, which mixes Nigerian heritage, Greek nationality, and extraordinary athletic ability. In Rise, audiences will witness how one family’s vision, determination and faith lifted them out of obscurity to launch the career of three NBA champions—two-time MVP Giannis and his brothers, Thanasis and Kostas. Last season, Giannis and Thanasis helped bring the Bucks their first championship ring in 50 years, while Kostas played for the previous season champs, the Lakers. (Ellen J. Wanjiru,

photo of akin omotoso on event poster