Narrated by executive producer and Hollywood actor Blair Underwood, this fascinating documentary explores the experiences of 18 courageous African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics and participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after the Games. They represented a country that considered them second class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism. They were world heroes yet returned home to a short-lived glory. History forgot all but one – four-time gold medal winner Jesse Owens. This is the story of the other 17 athletes. Together with Owens, their heroic turn at the Games became a seminal precursor to the Civil Rights Movement.
Official Selection, Los Angeles Film Festival
“A well-conceived and skillfully executed documentary.” – Shadow and Act
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