The Olympic heroes history forgot

United States Military Men Arriving at The Olympics in Germany

As the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro reach their climax this weekend, our next Weekend Film Series on Sunday, August 21 features a documentary that tells the story of a very different Olympic Games 80 years ago.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice (5.15pm) follows the 18 African-American athletes who competed for the US at Hitler’s Berlin Olympics in 1936. Set against the background of a racially divided America, this fascinating documentary tells how they won hearts and medals and world fame yet returned home to short-lived glory. History forgot all but one – four-time gold medallist Jesse Owens. This is the story of the other 17 athletes whose heroics became a seminal precursor to the Civil Rights Movement.

Genius (3.00pm) features an all-star cast including Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney and Guy Pearce in a stirring drama about the complex friendship and professional relationship between world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (Firth), who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law).

Both films will screen in the Tradewinds Auditorium of the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

You can purchase Weekend Film Series tickets ($15) by calling 294-0204, or by visiting the Oceans Gift Shop at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

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