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The most famous athlete of his time, his stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Despite the racial slurs he endured, Jesse Owens' grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But whenthe four-time Olympic gold medalist returned home, he could not even ride in the front of a bus. The story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion, Jesse Owens is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don't.
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"We are thrilled to be recognized by the Cine Golden Eagle, an award that signals excellence in our industry. The story of Jesse Owens' triumph at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany is an enduring testament to courage, resolve and the triumph of the human spirit," said Executive Producer Mark Samels. Produced and directed by Laurens Grant and written and produced by Stanley Nelson, Jesse Owens premiered in May of 2012 and is streaming for free on our website.
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