Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

2016 | USA, Germany | NR | 80 min.


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Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Documentary
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Release Year:2016
Runtime:80 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Deborah Riley Draper
Screenwriter:Deborah Riley Draper
Cinematography:Jonathan Hall
Executive Producer:Blair Underwood, Dr. Amy Tiemann and Michael A. Draper


Jesse Owens’ phenomenal performance in track and field at the 1936 Berlin Olympics —including his record-breaking win of four gold medals—has been widely, and rightly, celebrated. But did you know that 17 other African-American athletes—15 men and 2 women—also bravely competed in Hitler’s Aryan-exalting affair? These amazing individuals are finally given their due in this revelatory and resonant documentary that combines never-before-seen archival footage with interviews of family members, athletes, journalists, and historians (both American and German). This essential account of a little-known but deeply important moment in history—narrated by Blair Underwood (“L.A. Law”)—vividly brings to life the heroism of competitors who battled racism abroad and at home. In Person: Director Deborah Riley Draper; Producers Michael A. Draper and Amy Tiemann.