Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy teams up with NBA legend LeBron James for ‘HBO’ film

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy teams up with NBA legend LeBron James for ‘HBO’ film. Two-time Academy Award winner filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has teamed up with basketball star LeBron James for a new venture, Student Athlete.

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy teams up with NBA legend LeBron James for ‘HBO’ film
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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy teams up with NBA legend LeBron James for ‘HBO’ film

Obaid-Chinoy, who is best known for her documentaries Saving Face and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, has co-directed the film with Trish Dalton, with whom she spent two years investigating the college sports industry and the price the players have to pay to be a part of it.

The film is executive produced by James, the National Basketball Association (NBA) champion.

A teaser of Student Athlete was unveiled yesterday. Watch it here:

According to the official website, the documentary is an examination of the complex rules of amateur athletics in America and how they impact uncompensated athletes and their families.

“Unpaid college athletes generate billions of dollars for their institutions every year. Student Athlete unveils the exploitative world of high-revenue college sports through the stories of four young men at different stages of their athletic careers, as well as a coach-turned-advocate and a whistle-blowing shoe rep who exposes the money trail.”

The film will air on October 2 on HBO.

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