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Salute!

Last week I went to see SALUTE! at the Nova

It’s a documentary about Peter Norman, the Australian sprinter who was on the dais during the Mexico 1968 Olympics with Tommie Smith and John Carols when they made a visual statement of Black Pride.

http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2006/10/14/wbNORMAN_narrowweb__300x414,0.jpg

 The documentary was really gently done, made by Norman‘s grandson after his death in 2006.

The film starts again at the very beginning of the ’68 Mexico Olympics, building up to the event itself.

It was also a comment not only on the racism against the African American population in the US, but the racism that occurred during Australia‘s short history with our own native people.

I left the film feeling angry.  Not at the film. But by the way Peter Norman was treated.

I am really disappointed in my self and Australia for the way he was shunned for standing up for what he believed in.

I am disgusted that such a fine athlete was denied any involvement in the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

And I am amazed about the recognition he received in the US that he was denied in his home country.

A real film about real humans.

Please go and see it

* * * * * (5 Stars)

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