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In a country of 1.2 billion people and in a sport with billions of fans worldwide, there has yet to be a single Indian-born player drafted in the NBA. One in a Billion follows the global journey of Satnam Singh Bhamara from his home of Ballo Ke, a farming village in rural India, to the bright lights of New York City as he attempts to change history. Building up to a climactic draft night after years of hard work, Satnam hopes to finally create the long-awaited connection between India and the NBA.

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There is one HUGE problem with this documentary!!!
12 December 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"One in a Billion" is a documentary now airing through Netflix's streaming service. However, before you watch it, there is one HUGE problem with the film. While the documentary has captions which you can activate (and you should, as it's a bit difficult to understand Satnam's English at times), whenever Satnam and other folks speak in their native Indian language there is no captioning whatsoever!! So, during one lengthy sequence, his father talks and talks...and you have no idea what he's talking about at all! This does NOT make the film terrible...and you can still watch and enjoy it. But it is frustrating!

The film is about a 7'2" Indian man, Satnam Singh Bhamara, who was spotted as a teen and brought to the States to train and hone his skills. After all, he began playing basketball late and although huge, his skills were pretty weak back then. Through a scholarship, Satnam and eight other Indians were enrolled in the IMG Academy in Florida and ultimately several years later he signed with an agent and the film then centers on whether or not Satnam will be picked in the upcoming NBA draft.

It's definitely a flawed film due to the captioning issue...and until that is corrected I cannot score the film any higher. Hopefully someone will realize it and correct this.

By the way, this is the second film I've recently seen that features IMG...a sports training program that is about 20 minutes from where I live. However, despite many pro basketball, football, tennis and other athletes being graduates of IMG, I had no idea that this place even existed until recently. For folks in Bradenton, Florida, IMG seems to keep a relatively low profile.


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