BIGFLIX.com, India’s most popular movie-on-demand service is all set to release the internationally acclaimed Australian documentary movie ‘Salute’ in India on 28th of July, 2012. The movie’s release is planned to tap on the on-going fever around London 2012 Olympics.
“The IOC (International Olympic Committee) furthers its reputation for frigid pomposity in Matt Norman’s documentary about black-power-saluting athletes.” – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
‘Salute’ is a documentary movie based on the true story of an unsung Australian hero. The film reveals, for the first time in history, the truth about what really happened in Mexico City, during the 1968 Olympic Games. At the games, African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos (who won the gold and bronze medals in the 200m race) gave a black-power salute on the podium protesting against the human rights injustices, racism and the Vietnam War. Their due was quietly supported by Peter Norman (the silver medal winner from Australia) who wore the same human-rights badge as Smith and Carlos. The movie traces the impact of the protest on the athletes, especially, Peter Norman.
“An affectionate and affecting tribute.” – Tom Huddleston, Time Out
At a time when human and civil rights injustices were at their worst, it was the ‘black-salute’ that dominated world headlines as compared to any other story.
The documentary, which first premiered in 2008, has since gone onto to win dozens of major awards around the world. The movie is directed by Matt Norman, an actor turned filmmaker, best known for his acting work on Australian TV Shows Blue Heelers, Neighbours and Stingers, U.S telemovies Moby-Dick, Silver Strand and Ghost Rider.
“On one level, it is a story of real idealism, the youthful sort that the Olympics are supposed to be about; on another, it’s about the corruption and betrayal of those ideals in the way the Olympics are actually run.” – Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
Some of the major awards won by ‘Salute’ internationally include –
2009 – Atlanta Film Festival – Best Social Documentary
2009 – Grand Jury Award: Best Documentary – Santa Cruz Film Festival.
2009 – Nominated Best Documentary by the Australian critics circle awards
2008 – Sydney Film Festival: Audience Choice Award for Best Australian Documentary
2008 – Sydney Film Festival: Runner up “Best Documentary”
2008 – Rhode Island Film Festival: Audience Choice Award – Best Documentary
Mr. Shreyash Sigtia, Business Head, Big Flicks Pvt. Ltd said, “We are very glad to bring internationally acclaimed Feature Documentary – Salute on BIGFLIX on the eve of London Games, 2012. Additionally, we are also in process of acquiring more titles like theses which will appeal to the world cinema lovers.”
For all the Olympic fans, to watch the movie all you have to do is login on www.bigflix.com and you can view the movie on several connected devices like your PC, laptop, iPad or smart phone devices.
The film provides an insight into an incident at the 1968 Summer Olympics which saw two United States athletes, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, give the black power salute from the victory dais after the 200 metres final. The film focuses on the third man on the dias, silver medal winner Peter Norman, who showed his support for Smith and Carlos by donning an “Olympic Project for Human Rights” (OPHR) badge on his way to the podium. It was also Norman who suggested to Smith and Carlos that they share the black gloves used in their salute, after Carlos had left his gloves in the Olympic Village. This is the reason for Smith raising his right fist, while Carlos raised his left. Asked later about his support of Smith and Carlos’ cause by the world’s press, Norman said he opposed his country’s government’s White Australia policy.
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