ACMI + VicSport Present

Salute + I'll Stand With You

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“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.”

Sydney Morning Herald


At the 1968 Olympics, two Americans and an Australian ran the fastest 200m in history. What they did next shook the world.

Salute recounts the role of a white man in a defining moment of the American civil rights movement: the 1968 Black Power Salute. When Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists on the Olympic podium in Mexico City, the repercussions were immediate. They were banished from the US Olympic team and were subject to abuse and death threats on their return home. The third man on the dais had a similar experience - Australian silver medalist Peter Norman was punished for his show of solidarity, reprimanded by authorities and never ran for his country again.

Written, produced and directed by Norman’s nephew, Matt Norman, for the first time the complete story behind one of the most iconic images of all time is told. With never before seen interviews and footage, Salute is an inspiring and timely portrait of three competitors who became brothers.

I'll Stand With You

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the events of Salute, we're teaming up with VicSport to launch the new short film I'll Stand With You. Created in conjunction with VicSport's campaign against social discrimination in sport, I'll Stand With You tells the story of how Peter Norman took a stand for human rights and equality at the 1968 Olympics. Directed by Matt Norman and produced by Nova Peris OAM OLY, I'll Stand With You is a refreshing and timely reminder of the importance of global human equality.