Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

( USA / 2016 )
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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.

Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 52/73 min.
Theme: American History, European History, History, Human Rights, Sports, War
Language(s): English, German
Subtitles: English
Director(s): Deborah Riley Draper
Producer(s): Deborah Riley Draper
Cinematographer: Jonathan Hall
Editor(s): Sandra Christie
Available regions: United States, Canada, see all »
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice


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

Festival participation

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

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Additional Info
Executive Producer: Blair Underwood, Dr. Amy Tiemann, Michael A. Draper
Write: Deborah Riley Draper

Production Company: Coffee Bluff Pictures
Distribution Company: Autlook Filmsales

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