03
Mar
09

www.salutethemovie.com

One of 2008’s biggest documentary films is about to be unleashed onto screens Worldwide. SALUTE is a film by Matt Norman, the nephew of 200m Silver Medalist Peter Norman who was involved in one of the most powerful moments in Olympic history where Tommie Smith and John Carlos gave their Black Power Salute at the 1968 Mexico City

The third man present — Peter Norman of Australia, the second-fastest man alive. Far from an unwitting participant, Norman consciously joined Carlos and Smith as their witness.

The actions of all three men cost them dearly. As documented in Matt Norman’s brilliant new film, Salute, Tommie Smith and John Carlos were kicked out of the athletes’ village, suspended and banned from the Olympics. For the Australian Peter Norman, participating in the organised action cost him his athletic career and he was not chosen for the next Olympics despite being one of the fastest men in the world.

Though they were vilified, Smith and Carlos returned as heroes to their community. Peter Norman was ostracized by his.

In October 2006, Norman died of a heart attack and his two mates carried him to his grave.

John Carlos had this reaction: “Peter was a piece of my life. When I got the call, it knocked the wind out of me. I was his brother. He was my brother. That’s all you have to know.” Tommie Smith added, “It took inner power to do what he did, inner soul power. … He was a man of solid beliefs, that’s how I will remember Peter — he was a humanitarian and a man of his word.”


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