‘OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE’ – THE STORY OF THE 18 BLACK OLYMPIANS WHO COMPETED IN THE 1936 GAMES — IS NOW AVAILABLE ON XFINITY STREAMPIX
Directed by Deborah Riley Draper; Narrated by Blair Underwood
For a limited time, “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” is now available on Streampix!
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Synopsis: From the writer and director of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution Deborah Riley Draper and narrated by Blair Underwood with executive producers Dr. Amy Tiemann, Michael A. Draper and Blair Underwood
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice explores 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. 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 film follows 16 men and two women before, during and after their heroic turn at the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. They represented a country that considered them second class citizens and competed in a country that rolled out the red carpet in spite of an undercurrent of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism.
They were world heroes yet returned home to a short-lived glory. This story is complicated. This story is triumphant but unheralded. This story is a vital part of history and is as relevant today as it was almost 80 years ago.
Since the 1936 Olympics was a well-documented event, this film will utilize the wealth of newsreel material, newspaper articles, photographs, personal interviews and never-before-seen footage as well as resources from the personal archival collections of Olympians and organizations in both the U.S. and Germany.
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ABOUT DEBORAH RILEY DRAPER
Deborah Riley Draper is a filmmaker, advertising executive and a Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow. Riley Draper was named to Variety Magazine’s “2016 Top Ten Documakers to Watch.” Her debut ﬁlm, “Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution.” received acclaim from critics and fans alike, including The New York Times, LA Times and Harper’s Bazaar. She is a member of Film Fatales and resides in Atlanta, GA.
ABOUT COFFEE BLUFF PICTURES: Coffee Bluff Pictures is an Atlanta-based independent film venture created to develop, produce and distribute compelling stories that shed light on the life and stories of the under-represented.
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