The Hope College Knickerbocker Winter Film Series will conclude with the dramatic story of Jesse Owens in “Race,” on Monday-Saturday, April 4-9, at 7:30 p.m.
Stephen Holden of the New York Times has said the film “reminds us that long before television elevated black sports heroes into gods, there were athletes like Jesse Owens who paved the way.”
Directed by Stephen Hopkins, “Race” was released in February of 2016, and is based on the true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. From the Depression-era streets of Cleveland to the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, “Race” is a film about courage, determination, tolerance and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.
The film is rated PG-13 and has a runtime of 130 minutes.
Tickets are $7 for regular admission, and $6 for senior citizens, Hope College faculty and children. Tickets will be sold at the door but are also available in advance at the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center (100 E. Eighth St.). The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.
The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St.