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Jesse Owens / A Firelight Films production for American Experience in association with WDR ; American Experience is a production of WGBH Boston ; written and produced by Stanley Nelson ; produced and directed by Laurens Grant.

Nelson, Stanley, 1955- (Added Author). Grant, Laurens. (Added Author). Braugher, Andre. (Added Author). Phillips, Tom. (Added Author). WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.) (Added Author). Firelight Films (Firm) (Added Author). Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.) (Added Author). Narrated by Andre Braugher. (Cast).
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781608836413
  • ISBN: 160883641X
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Publisher: Arlington, VA : PBS Home Video, 2012.

Content descriptions

Creation/Production Credits Note:
Music, Tom Phillips; editor, Aljernon Tunsil.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrated by Andre Braugher.
Summary, etc.:
Despite Jesse Owens's remarkable victories in the face of Nazi racism at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the athlete struggled to find a place for himself in a United States that was still wrestling to overcome its own deeply entrenched bias.
Target Audience Note:
Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD; widescreen presentation, NTSC, region 1, 5.1 surround.
Language Note:
English audio; English SDH subtitles.
Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject: Owens, Jesse, 1913-1980.
Track and field athletes > United States > Biography.
African American athletes > Biography.
Racism > United States.
Genre: Biographical television programs.
Documentary television programs.
Television programs.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Historical films.

  • Alert
    "On April 2, 1936, when the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper entered the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, he was barely able to control his anger in the face of Nazi racism. But instead of letting himself be distracted, the young athlete channeled his emotions into one of the most remarkable achievements in athletic history: four gold medals in two days. Beginning in the poor Cleveland neighborhood where Owens grew up, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE details his early career; describes Adolf Hitler’s outsized ambitions for the 1936 Olympics; explores the movement in Western democracies to boycott the event; and explains the pressures on Owens to attend. The film also reveals why, despite his success in Germany, Owens struggled to find a place for himself in a United States that was still wrestling with its own deeply entrenched racism."
  • Baker & Taylor
    Details Owens' early career, his success at the 1936 Olympics in the face of Nazi racism, and his struggle back home in the United States where, in spite of winning four gold medals at the games, he continued to face deeply entrenched racism.

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