The Language of Ball is seen through the eyes of Ahmed, a young teenager who recently arrived to New York City from Yemen and whose only sense of security and comfort is basketball. One day during his morning routine of shooting around alone on the court, he’s approached by a Latino teenager, Justin, who encourages a one-on- one game. This leads to Justin taking Ahmed on an adventure through various neighborhoods and cultures playing pick up basketball throughout the city. By the end of this exhilarating journey we get the sense that Ahmed’s world is a bit better because of it. There’s a change in him because of the compassion shown by a fellow baller. This is a story of hope and compassion in a moment where I believe we need to have it more than ever.