The League of Afghanistan
( In Production )
The League of Afghanistan chronicles one American’s efforts to bring wheelchair basketball to a war-torn nation.
Afghanistan’s disabled – victims of the Taliban and Americans alike – teach us that hard work, camaraderie and the confidence born of sport can repair the spirit, and maybe even rebuild a nation.
Two years ago, Jess Markt, a Brooklyn-based paraplegic and wheelchair basketball player for the New York Rollin’ Knicks, answered an open call for an experienced American player to teach the game of wheelchair basketball in a little town called Maimana. Maimana, Afghanistan. All he knew of this country were the endless US news reports depicting a land ravaged by war: suicide bombers, men in black turbans raising Kalashnikovs, women covered from head to toe in burkas. The men Jess coached on this trip would teach him there is much more to Afghanistan than what was being shown to the world. This simple trip had turned into something much larger: an opportunity to help rebuild the spirit of an entire community of men. Its message: anyone can be a winner, no matter where they come from, no matter how insurmountable their obstacles may seem
Directed by Michael Glowacki and produced by Aaron Cooley. Executive Producer Danny Alpert.