- PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY Laurens Grant
- WRITTEN AND PRODUCED BY Stanley Nelson
- NARRATED BY Andre Braugher
- EDITED BY Aljernon Tunsil
- ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Stacey Holman
- ARCHIVAL RESEARCHER Elena Brodie-Kusa
- ORIGINAL MUSIC BY Tom Phillips
- MUSIC SUPERVISOR Rena Kosersky
- PRODUCTION FUNDERS Exclusive Corporate Funding Provided by Liberty Mutual, Major Funding Provided by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
- ADDITIONAL FUNDING Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Yawkey Foundations, and the WGBH Documentary Investment Group
Jesse Owens is a Firelight Films production for the PBS series American Experience. It centers on the African American track and field star, Jesse Owens, who triumphed at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin amidst the rise of Nazi propaganda. Despite the racial discrimination he endured, Jesse Owens’ grace and athleticism rallied crowds across the globe. But when the 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.
The film premiered on May 1, 2012 on American Experience. It aired on PBS UK on June 6, 2012.