In the sporting lexicon, the “Dream Team” is most commonly associated with the American juggernaut that dominated the basketball competition at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics – the first to allow the participation of active NBA players. Marius Markevicius’ enthralling documentary The Other Dream Team, however, presents the compelling case that the squad representing the small, basketball-mad nation of Lithuania at those same Olympics was equally deserving of the moniker. The Lithuanians’ surprising bronze medal performance came just two years after their country declared its independence from the Soviet Union. With the Soviets’ violent attempts to re-assert their control over the Baltic republic a painfully recent memory, it was not just an inspiring victory – it was a cathartic one as well, a crucial rallying point for a reborn nation struggling to exorcise the bad feelings cultivated by decades of cultural and political oppression.
“The Other Dream Team” is available on DVD and iTunes starting Tuesday, January 15. Available to watch now via Amazon Instant.