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Salute -- Salute is the untold story of what happened at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics at the 200m winners podium. For the first time in History all three men involved tell the story of the Black Power salute. Directed and Produced by Peter Norman's nephew Matt Nor


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  (in credits order)

Christopher Kirby ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bob Beamon ... Himself (also archive footage)
Ralph Boston ... Himself (also archive footage)
Raelene Boyle ... Herself (archive footage)
Avery Brundage ... Himself (also archive footage)
John Carlos ... Himself
Harry Edwards ... Himself (also archive footage)
Lee Evans ... Himself (also archive footage)

George Foreman ... Himself (also archive footage)

Dick Fosbury ... Himself (also archive footage)

Cathy Freeman ... Herself (archive footage)
Paul Hoffman ... Himself

Lyndon Johnson ... Himself (archive footage)
Payton Jordan ... Himself

Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)
Greg Lewis ... Himself (archive footage)
Cleve Livingston ... Himself
Cordiner Nelson ... Himself
George Norman ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Norman ... Himself
Thelma Norman ... Herself (archive footage)

Jesse Owens ... Himself (archive footage)
Judy Patching ... Herself (archive footage)
Larry Questad ... Himself

Tommie Smith ... Himself
Bob Steiner ... Himself
Wyomia Tyus ... Herself
Ray Weinberg ... Himself
Willie Whyte ... Herself
George Williams ... Himself
Bud Winter ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Matt Norman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Matt Norman 

Produced by
Thomas Augsberger .... executive producer (Australian version only)
Shana Levine .... executive producer (Australian version only)
Dean Murphy .... executive producer (Australian version only)
Matt Norman .... producer
Rebecca Norman .... associate producer
David Redman .... producer (Australian version)
Original Music by
David Hirschfelder 
Cinematography by
Martin Smith 
Film Editing by
John Leonard 
Jane Moran 
Sound Department
Scott Findlay .... sound designer
Michael Slater .... sound designer
Visual Effects by
Ralph Moser .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Reginald D. Brown .... camera operator
Chris Mylrea .... camera operator
Matt Norman .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Chris Dea .... digital cinema mastering
Pamela Hammond .... head of post-production
Rachel McKellar-Harding .... digital intermediate producer
Matt Norman .... assistant editor
Tony Poriazis .... digital film supervisor
Peter Simpson .... colorist
Music Department
Peter Hoyland .... music supervisor
Other crew
Janni Alexander .... post production accountant
Phillippa Moore .... additional researcher
Lisa Savage .... research and clearance
Doug Claybourne .... very special thanks
Lisa Downie .... special thanks
Ian Hale .... special thanks
Payton Jordan .... in memory of
Peter Norman .... dedicatee
Judy Patching .... in memory of
Bryan Rawles .... special thanks
Eric Sassaman .... special thanks
John L. Simpson .... very special thanks
Jane Sullivan .... special thanks
Willie Whyte .... in memory of

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Moving and Timely Documentary, 8 June 2008
Author: Trevor from Sydney, Australia

I have just come from the world premiere of 'Salute' here at the Sydney Film Festival where it received a standing ovation by some members of the audience. The film is a documentary on the events surrounding a famous incident at the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico that also became a photographic icon - at their medal ceremony United States Olympic track athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their black glove fists in salute against the inequality and black poverty at home (they also did not wear shoes, only socks). In particular the film is about the lesser known Australian Peter Norman, the silver medalist in that race who knew the injustice that was being felt by his fellow athletes (along with the people of Mexico where student protesters had recently been murdered by the military) and how he could, through this little patch of podium, show his solidarity with their plight by wearing a human rights badge (Australia too had the discriminatory White Australia policy and had only recently at the time given their indigenous aboriginal population the vote). It is a straightforward, timely and very moving documentary with interviews from various athletes of the time that also takes a critical look at the fallout of their stand - Norman was reprimanded and ostracized, Smith and Carlos were ostracized and suspended. There are many moments of humor throughout, particularly when Norman was asked by a reporter how would the Olympics have been affected if the African American athletes had boycotted them in protest, his reply – I would have won gold! Australian Peter Norman along with Tommie Smith and John Carlos should be admired and remembered. Highly Recommended

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