Kaepernick & America
Director: Ross Hockrow, Tommy Walker Run Time: 82 min. Rating: NR
Country: United States
Ohio Premiere presented at the Film Center as part of Cinema Columbus 2022 | Accompanied by short Walls Cannot Keep us From Flying
This documentary tells the story of one man and the protest that would spark debate across our nation. In 2016 Colin Kaepernick’s unprecedented protests against the National Anthem fueled a debate that has extended all the way to today.
“probably the most incendiary public gesture made by an athlete since Tommie C. Smith and John Carlos raised their fists on the Olympic medal podium in 1968”
—Gavin Borchert for SIFF
Filmmakers Tommy Walker and Ross Hockrow follow Kaepernick’s journey from with his trans-racial adoption by a white family, through a remarkable ascent as a star quarterback, to a racial awakening that would inform the protest that impacted America, and finally to Kaepernick’s ascension as a symbol of racial fairness.
The filmmaking duo’s documentary had its World Premiere at the 2022 Seattle International Film Festival.More Cinema Columbus