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.