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Salute

Synopsis
SALUTE tells the story of Peter Norman, the Australian athlete, who stood on the podium with African-American runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos, in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, during the award ceremony for the 200 metre dash. As Smith and Carlos raised their fists in a Black Power salute, Norman stood by as a seemingly unwitting participant in a historic moment. What is less-well known is that Norman publicly and privately supported Smith and Carlos, who regard him as a brother, was reprimanded by the Australian Olympic Authority and ostracised by the Australian media. SALUTE offers a profile of Norman and offers a portrait of his life as athlete and activist, as well as looking at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics in the context of political assassinations in America, rioting in Mexico and the adoption of civil rights legislation in Australia.
Language
English
Country
Australia
Year of release
2008
Subjects
Social Studies; Media studies
Keywords
athletics; civil rights; Olympic Games; political demonstrations; political events; Norman, Peter

Credits

Director
Matt Norman

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Year
2012

Distributor

Name

Arrow Film Distributors Ltd

Web
http://www.arrowfilms.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
01923 858306
Fax
01923 859673
Address
18 Watford Road
Radlett
Herts
WD7 8LE
Notes
contact: Neil Agran

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