OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE is a feature length documentary exploring the trials and triumphs of 18 African American Olympians in 1936. 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 carried the weight of a race on their shoulders and did the unexpected with grace and dignity.
The documentary tells a more detailed account of an important moment in world history -one that had not previously been told in its entirety. OLYMPIC PRIDE, AMERICAN PREJUDICE will have its world premiere at the 2016 LA Film Festival on SAT 06/04/16, screening in documentary competition.
- Variety named Director Deborah Riley Draper as one of the ‘10 documakers to watch’. http://variety.com/gallery/10-documakers-to-watch/#!3/deborah-riley-draper/
- This is an Olympic year! XXXI Olympiad (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will kick off in August 2016.
- The film captures profound archival footage, gathered in the US and in Europe.
- Deborah Riley Draper, Blair Underwood and additional special guests are expected to attend the screenings at LA Film Festival.