Biography, Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Colin Salmon and published by BBC in 2008 - English narration
Film about one of the most iconic images of the 20th century, when the radical spirit of the Sixties upstaged the greatest sporting event in the world. Two men made a courageous gesture that reverberated around the world and changed their lives forever.
There were a number of unforgettable performances at Mexico City Olympic Games and many world records were broken, but the enduring image from the 1968 Games was when African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their gloved clenched fists in support of the Black Panther movement during the Star Spangled Banner, after receiving gold and bronze medals for the 200m sprint. They were subsequently banned from the Games for life. This documentary asks what inspired them to make their protest, why it carried such a powerful message and what happened to the unlikely revolutionaries following the Games.
1) Further Information
* Behind the Black Power salute - by Director Geoff Small
2) Related Documentaries
* Rivers of Blood
* Munich: The Real Assassins
* Munich - One Day in September
* Beijing Confidential