Now Streaming: NFB’s ‘True North’ Spotlights Toronto’s Love for Basketball

Cordell Veira in True North
.Courtesy of the NFB

By Pat Mullen

The Raptors might be off the courts while games are on hiatus, but Toronto’s love for basketball is alive and well in True North. On the heels of the Toronto Raptors’ electrifying 2019 championship victory that united the city, the piqued interest in basketball has more eyes on its rising stars. Director Ryan Sidhoo turns his lens towards several up-and-coming players on the courts of the 6ix in True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball.

The documentary, released today for free from the National Film Board of Canada, adapts Sidhoo’s popular web-doc series into a feature length. The feature version of True North tightens its focus to follow three Toronto teens as they pursue their NBA hoop dreams and hit the courts for the love of the game. True North also expands its scope while looking beyond courts to learn more about the players and the experiences that fuel their passion, drawing upon diverse backgrounds in terms of culture, immigration, and socioeconomic status that further illustrate the diversity of the city—as well as basketball’s significance in uniting Torontonians from different walks of life. Can we please get a Zoom premiere featuring Drake’s reaction shots?

Synopsis: On the heels of the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA Championship and the record-setting number of Canadian draft picks, the Toronto hoop dream is more alive than ever.
In this feature-length doc, director Ryan Sidhoo shines the spotlight on 12-year-old Elijah Fisher, 15-year-old Keone Davis and 18-year-old Cordell Veira as they navigate today’s youth basketball machine in pursuit of their own NBA dreams.

Watch True North today from the NFB:

True North: Inside the Rise of Toronto Basketball (Feature), Ryan Sidhoo, provided by the National Film Board of Canada