(2016) Directed by Deborah Riley Draper. (82 min.)
The screening is followed by a discussion with Executive Producer Amy Tiemann.
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice documents the experiences of 18 African American Olympians who defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. Beyond the legend of Jesse Owens, this story of Owens’s 17 African American teammates is brought to life through filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper’s meticulous research and artistry.
Set against the strained and turbulent atmosphere of a racially divided America, which was torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the documentary follows 16 men and two women before, during, and after the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.
The documentary is narrated by Grammy-winning actor Blair Underwood, who also serves as an executive producer. It received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Documentary.
Our films are piquantly peripatetic this season, celebrating Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday, reflecting NCMA exhibitions on Elizabethan portraiture and Ansel Adams landscapes, transporting us to the North Carolina mountains of the early 20th century, and basking in the forbidden lust and corruption of midcentury Mexican noir.