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Language of Ball, The
Directed by
Ramón Rodríguez

USA / 2017 / 8:45

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SHORTS: Growing Up.

Ahmed is a young teenager from Yemen, whose only sense of security and comfort is basketball. One day, during his morning routine of shooting around alone on the court, he is approached by a Latino teenager, who challenges him to a game of one-on-one. This game leads the two on an adventure through various neighborhoods and cultures throughout the city and by the end of their exhilarating journey, we get the sense that the world is a bit better because of it.
Ramón Rodríguez recently was seen as the lead villain role of Bakuto opposite Finn Jones in Marvel's new Netflix series, Iron Fist and Defenders.

On the big screen, Ramón was last seen in Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Megan Leavey opposite Kate Mara, Edie Falco and Common. He is also featured in Jordan Robert's highly anticipated film, Burn Your Maps, where he stars opposite Vera Farmiga, Virginia Madsen, and rising child star Jacob Tremblay. Previously, he was also seen in Dreamworks' exciting homage to the great car culture of the 1960's and 1970's, Need For Speed, opposite Aaron Paul, Michael Keaton and Imogene Poots.

In television, Ramón was previously seen in Fox's one-hour drama, Gang Related, as Ryan Lopez, a rising star in LAPD's elite Gang Task Force, who has also pledged allegiance to a different band of brothers a powerful Latino crime family. The series was written by Chris Morgan Fast and Furious and directed by Allen Hughes.

Rodríguez began his career doing several Nike commercials then on series television, landing recurring roles on several acclaimed shows, including Rescue Me and The Wire. In 2009, he broke out in back-to-back action films, including Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, as Shia LaBoeuf's wisecracking sidekick; Tony Scott's The Taking Of Pelham 123 playing an MTA dispatcher with Denzel Washington; and Battle: Los Angeles as the ambitious but inexperienced Lieutenant Martinez opposite Aaron Eckhart.

Rodríguez has also written a screenplay with Rosie Perez that he will direct based on his childhood relationship with his father that is being produced by Edward Norton. He is currently developing his next short as he looks to focus more on directing/producing.

Cast/Featuring: Eshan Bay, Justin Ahedo
Executive Producer(s): Ramón Rodríguez, Karina Silva
Producer(s): Ramón Rodríguez, Karina Silva
Director(s): Ramón Rodríguez
Screenwriter(s): Ramón Rodríguez
Cinematographer(s): Karina Silva
Editor(s): Ramón Rodríguez
Composer(s)/Music: Robb Torres, Matt Camgros, Miles Carrington
Sound Designer(s): Chris Fox
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