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Juneteenth Film Series “Race” (2016)

Published: June 6, 2024; Author: Julia Sonrisa

 June 16, 2024    01:00 PM-03:15 PM EDT

Macomb's Bridge Library

Address: 2633 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd., New York, NY 10039, United States

Phone: +1 212-281-4900

Juneteenth Film Series “Race” (2016)

“Race” tells the story of Jesse Owens, the legendary African American track and field athlete who defied racial prejudice and shattered world records at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

The film begins in 1935, as Owens, a talented but unheralded athlete from Ohio, faces a world saturated with racial discrimination and segregation. He’s determined to compete in the Olympics, but his dreams are challenged by the pervasive racism of the time and the looming presence of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in Germany.

The film depicts Owens’ struggle to gain recognition and acceptance as a black athlete, as he faces resistance from both American and German authorities. He overcomes adversity on his journey to Berlin, enduring the racist treatment he receives and battling his inner doubts.

At the Berlin Olympics, Owens’ performance becomes a powerful symbol of human triumph over prejudice. He wins four gold medals, dismantling the Nazi ideology of Aryan supremacy and capturing the world’s attention. He becomes an international icon, but his story is also a reminder of the racial tensions and inequalities that persisted in the world at the time.

“Race” is not just a sports biopic, but a powerful commentary on the fight against racism and the struggle for equality. It tells a story of resilience, determination, and the enduring power of the human spirit in the face of adversity. It highlights the importance of Owens’ achievements not only in sports but also in his role as a symbol of hope and inspiration for generations to come.

Time: 1:00-3:15 pm EST


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