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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice


Olympic Pride, American Prejudice delves into the climate surrounding the courageous 18 African American athletes who carried the weight and hopes of an entire movement on their shoulders as they boarded a ship to Berlin Olympic Games in 1936 – a Nazi propaganda pageant that did not welcome their participation and considered them second class citizens. Their heroic turn at the Games became a seminal precursor to the Civil Rights Movement.
Narrated by executive producer and Hollywood actor Blair Underwood.


  • Blasting News
    Deborah Riley Draper has crafted an extraordinary film that covers a little known piece of history in the important documentary
  • Variety
    A documentary shines an overdue light on 17 African-American athletes at the 1936 Olympic Games who were not Jesse Owens.
  • The New York Times
    Deft and comprehensive

Festival Participation

  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Los Angeles Film Festival
  • BronzeLens Film Festival
  • Cambridge Film Festival

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