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Movie Nite! Our May Movie Night will be: "RACE"


Race is a 2016 biographical sports drama film about African-American athlete Jesse Owens, who won a record-breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. The film stars Stephan James as Owens, who won the Canadian Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Jesse Owens. 

Jesse Owens, a promising Black American runner, attends Ohio State University, despite facing racial discrimination and slurs from the White athletes. He attracts the attention of coach Larry Snyder, who believes Owens has enormous potential but needs work on his form and technique. When Snyder suggests he is good enough to compete at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, Owens is interested, but hesitant because of racial propaganda in Nazi Germany. The U.S. Olympic Committee is already considering boycotting the Olympics over Germany's discriminatory policies, only agreeing to participate when Nazi official Joseph Goebbels gives personal assurances that they will allow foreign athletes of any race to compete, as well as promising to rein in their propaganda.

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