Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

2016, US, 80 minutes, director: Deborah Riley Draper

Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 5:00PM | CANADIAN PREMIERE | TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX
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Jesse Owens was the star of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, winning four gold medals and challenging notions of Aryan supremacy. But he was not alone. Eighteen African-American athletes challenged Jim Crow America and represented a country that considered them second-class citizens. While America was torn over boycotting Hitler’s Olympics, these men and women competed in an atmosphere of Aryan superiority and anti-Semitism, in a seminal precursor to the Civil Rights Movement.

Rated: PG

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Lebanon wins the world cup

Lebanon, documentary, 2015, 23 minutes, director: Tony Elkhoury & Anthony Lappé
Canadian Premiere

Two former enemies, a bookish Communist and a battle-hardened Christian who fought against one another in the Lebanese Civil War, share a love of Brazilian soccer and a hope for reconciliation.

Rated: 18A

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