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Mighty Jerome - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB555069
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Selwyn Jacob, Tracey Friesen
Directors:  Charles Officer
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Black History, Canadian Social Studies, Diversity, Documentary, Health and Medicine, Social Studies, Sports
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2010
Running Time:  52:04
Closed Captions:  Yes

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In 1959, at just nineteen years of age, Harry Jerome was Canada’smost promising track and field star and he was on his way to the Olympics in Rome. By 1962, after suffering a gruesome leg injury, there was every reason to think that his racing days were over. But Jerome was not just a champion on the track; he was doubly determined off it. And so began his climb to what his coach, the legendary Bill Bowerman, called “the greatest comeback in track and field history.”

Through years of unparalleled political turbulence, racial conflict and his own personal challenges, Harry Jerome kept his head down and ran, displaying strength of character and willful perseverance every bit as impressive as his record-setting athleticism.

Filmmaker Charles Officer uses gorgeous monochrome imagery, impassioned interviews and astonishing archival footage to tell the runner’s triumphant story, from his early days in North Vancouver, through his three Olympics and his unequalled streak of records, to his sudden and tragically premature death. Family, friends and teammates recall a man who forever changed the Canadian sports landscape and made an indelible mark upon the world.

Compelling, surprising and urgently paced, Mighty Jerome will electrify sports fans, history buffs and all those with an appreciation for tales of courage and redemption.

Inspired by the book Running Uphill, The Fast, Short Life of Canadian Champion Harry Jerome by Fil Fraser.

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