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Olympic Pride, American Justice - BADWest 4th Monday Free Screening October 23, 2017

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.

Monday, October 23, 2017 @7pm

St. Clair Bourne 4th Monday Free Screening

Mayme Clayton Library and Museum

4130 Overland Avenue

Culver City, CA  90230

Mayme Clayton Library and Museum in association with the BADWest St. Clair Bourne 4th Monday Documentary Series Presents:

Olympic Pride, American Justice

Written and Directed by

Deborah Riley Draper

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.

The film is produced by Coffee Bluff Pictures (www.coffeebluffpictures).

Olympic Pride, American Justice is available for purchase on Amazon and Itunes. Website and links are below. https://www.1936olympicsmovie.com 

Deborah Riley DraperDeborah Riley Draper, producer and writer, is well known for Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (2016), Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (2012) and Coffee Will Make You Black (2018). Deborah launched her filmmaking career with the documentary "Versailles '73: An American Runway Revolution." She is an advertising executive and award-winning filmmaker whose debut film has been seen on screens in Israel, Germany, Croatia, France, Canada, the US, the Caribbean, the UK and Saudi Arabia. Awards for "Versailles '73" include: 2012 Cannes Film Festival Doc Corner, 2012 CNN Outstanding Documentary Award, 2012 Martha's Vineyard Film Festival Best Documentary Award, 2013 African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) Best Documentary Award, Official Selection of the 2013 Bronze Lens Film Festival, Johns Hopkins Film Festival Official Selection 2013, Elle Croatia Film Festival Official Selection 2013, 2013 New York Winter Fest Best Documentary. Deoborah had the privilege and honor to work on the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

There will be a discussion after the screening.

Director Deborah Riley Draper will be on Skype after the screening for a Q&A.

This event is FREE. 

Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7pm

Mayme Clayton Library and Museum

4130 Overland Avenue

Culver City, CA  90230


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The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West is a project of Fulcrum Arts' Emerge fiscal sponsorship program. www.fulcrumarts.org

The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West (BAD West) is a professional organization providing people of African descent working in documentary film, video or other media the opportunity to network professionally, share resources, exchange ideas and meet socially in order to enhance the development, production, promotion and exhibition of documentaries. The Black Association of Documentary Filmmakers West also advocates the recognition and professional advancement of Black documentary filmmakers.