The picture of the three men on the winner's podium after the men's 200 metre final at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics is still considered one of the most powerful images in modern history. Salute
tells the true story behind this iconic image, the story of American athletes Tommie Smith, John Carlos and the Australian silver medallist Peter Norman--three Olympic competitors who, in one peaceful but inflammatory moment of political protest as they received their medals on the podium at the 1968 games in Mexico City, would destroy their sporting careers and become a seminal and enduring symbol of the Civil Rights struggle.
"A truly astonishing slice of partially forgotten history"--Evening Standard,
"Fascinating personal testimony from an iconic moment when sporting hopes collided with political ideals"--The Express
, Allan Hunter
"Uplifting and inspiring"--Daily Mirror
, David Edwards
"A startling film which tells a story hugely deserving of a wider audience" *****--Best For Film
is much more than a sports documentary, it's the story of true heroes, men who used a moment in time to change the world"--ITV Sport
, Tony Pastor
Matt Norman, nephew of Olympic silver medallist Peter Norman, directs this documentary about an iconic moment in the civil rights movement that took place at the 1968 Olympic games. Australian track athlete Peter Norman was standing on the winners podium after the 200m final with United States athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos when they famously raised their black gloved fists in salute against the inequality and black poverty in their home country. The film focuses predominantly on the part played by Norman in the incident and the political furore that followed it.