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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice 

When: Sept. 23-25 2016



The dominant image most Americans have from the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin is that of Jesse Owens, stunning the world with his speed and grace and implicitly calling out the lie of racial superiority in Hitler's Germany. Virtually untold, however, is the story of the seventeen other African-American men and women who took part in that charged nexus of political theater and international sports. Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, directed by Deborah Riley Draper, excavates the stories of these mostly unheralded athletes who represented their country on the world stage in a hostile environment and then returned to a hostile environment in their homeland. This award-winning documentary provides vital, poignant detail to the Owens-focused image that has formed the public understanding of the eleventh Olympiad, and the athletes' stories embody the human spirit at its best and bravest. Showings on the coasts and in Berlin have garnered ecstatic praise, and the doc could be headed for an Oscar nomination. See it here before you read about it later. —David Klein

2 p.m. Fri. & Sat./5 p.m. Sun., $8–$11, www.silverspot.net

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