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JESSE OWENS premiered on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 on American Experience It aired on PBS UK on June 6, 2012.


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 will premiere on the PBS series American Experience Tuesday, May 1 at 8:00 PM EST.


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

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