Documentary Film Olympic Pride American Prejudice Highlights Unknown Heroes Of 1936 Games
This year’s Olympic Games are exciting to watch especially with all of the amazing #Blackgirlmagic occurring. Despite the inspiring wins, some argue there is a more pressing issue that shadows the games: the large population of the impoverished and political strife in Brazil–all of which will soon be forgotten after the last event is completed.
Political, human and economic turmoil is nothing new for homelands hosting the Olympics but there is one–no, 18 — stories, in particular, that for years have been overshadowed by one man. The 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany is a time many are familiar with as it is the year Jesse Owens conquered the Olympic games, but there were also 17 other men and women whose impact left a lasting legacy for human rights in the U.S. as well.
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Olympic pride, American Prejudice is a documentary film written, produced and directed by Deborah Riley Draper. Released in 2015, the film highlights the unknown heroes who defied racial tensions in the U.S. to participate in a global competition in Nazi Germany bombarded by Hitler’s propaganda and political control. This film is important to watch especially with the 2016 Olympics occurring and due to the irony that Black Olympians had to travel overseas to be seen as human in a place that also practiced prejudice, but based on different standards.
Although the film does not focus solely on the actual Olympic Games, the most significant parts of the film chronicle the injustice and prejudice that the 18 black Olympians experienced and how, despite these circumstances,their triumphs prevailed.
Catch the film on Xfinity’s StreamPix and watch the trailer below.