Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, June 21
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper explores the experiences of the 18 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 strain and turbulence of a racially divided America, which was also torn between boycotting Hitler’s Olympics or participating in the Third Reich’s grandest affair, the film follows 16 men and 2 women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.
The Zoom Conversation with the Director, Deborah Riley Draper will be available on Sunday, June 21 at 7 PM. Information on how to join will be sent in an email with the film link and password.
“My whole life I thought there was only Jesse Owens, so I was proud to bring the story of all 18 for all the world to see”. Deborah Riley Draper
Film Details: Doc/USA, Germany/Dir: Deborah Riley Draper, Blair Underwood narrator/ 2016/82 m
“A resounding testimony to the legacy of trailblazing African-American Olympians” Hollywood Reporter
You must sign up to receive the link and password to see this film. Just click here to sign up and on Saturday June 20, you will receive the email with the film link and password as well as information to join the Zoom Conversation with the director Deborah Riley Draper. Sign ups end on June 20. If you have questions please contact MJFF