This riveting two-part documentary follows Jack Johnson's remarkable journey from his humble beginnings in Galveston, Texas, as the son of former slaves, to his entry into the brutal world of professional boxing, where, in turn-of-the-century Jim Crow America, the heavyweight champion was an exclusively "white title". Despite the odds, Johnson was able to batter his way up through the professional ranks, and in 1908 he became the first African-American to earn the title Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Johnson's victory set in motion a worldwide search for a Great White Hope to restore the title to the white race. And when no one could be found to beat the champion in the ring, his own government tried to destroy him in the courts, using his relationships with white women as the excuse to prosecute him. Determined to live his life regardless of the confines imposed by his colour, Jack Johnson emerges as a central figure in America's ongoing struggle to deal with the question of race.
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It was a time when identities were fluid and few Arabs or Jews could imagine the conflict that would engulf the region for the next century. 1913: Seeds of Conflict explores the crumbling of Ottoman rule and the rise of Jewish and Palestinian nationalism through the words of those who helped shape history: Albert Antebi, a Sephardic Jew known as the Jewish ˜pasha; Ruhi al-Khalidi, the scion of a Palestine family and Jerusalems elected representative to the Ottoman Parliament; Khalil al-Sakakini, a Christian schoolmaster and voice for Palestinian cultural autonomy; and Arthur Ruppin, a German Zionist who opened the Palestine Office to strategise the shape of a Jewish homeland to come.
Based in part on The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by Jon Margolis, 1964 follows some of the most influential figures of the time”Lyndon B Johnson, Barry Goldwater, Betty Friedan”but also brings out from the shadows the stories of ordinary Americans whose principled stands would set the country onto a new and different course.
This would be a daunting assignment for any student, but the boys at Greenwood all suffer from learning differences that have made their personal, academic and social progress extremely challenging. Embedding camera crews at the school for three months to chronicle the boys struggle to learn Abraham Lincolns immortal words and deliver them in a final public recitation, acclaimed film maker Ken Burns has created a fascinating and inspiring documentary that shows them heroically confronting past failures and humiliations, ultimately opening the door to what Lincoln himself called œa new birth of freedom.? Interweaving the history of this most famous of American speeches with the contemporary journey of the boys at Greenwood, The Address reveals the timeless resonance of Lincolns words, while culminating in the triumph of the human spirit.