International Films

Salute

Australia, 2008, 120 min

Director:

Matt Norman

Language & Subtitles:

English; subtitles in Hebrew

Producers:
Matt Norman

Production:

Festivals:

Sydney (Audience Award)

Screenings:

Thur. 7.12 | 17:30 | Cinematheque 1

One moment at the height of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City was engraved in the history of the Olympic Games. Two of the winners of the 200-meter race decided to raise their fists on the podium, in salute and tribute to black power.

The consequences came shortly: Tommy Smith and John Carlos, the Olympic winners, were expelled from the United States team and suffered abuse, threats and humiliation upon their return to their country. The third athlete on the podium, the white Australian medalist Peter Norman, was also reprimanded by the authorities of his country for his support of Smith and Carlos. Director Matt Norman, Peter's nephew, dives deep into that Olympic moment and reveals for the first time the full story of that resounding historical event.