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MIGHTY JEROME

(2010)
84 mins | Biography | Discrimination | Documentary | History |
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Director: Charles Officer

Writer(s): n/a

Star(s): n/a

Synopsis:

In 1959, at just nineteen years of age, African-Canadian Harry Jerome was Canada’s most promising track and field star, on his way to the Olympics. By 1962, after a terrible leg injury, everyone feared his career was over. But Jerome was determined not to quit, starting what his coach called “the greatest comeback in track and field history.”

A truly inspiring Canadian hero, Jerome kept running through years of personal, racial and political challenges, with a strength of character as impressive as his athletic ability.

Mighty Jerome made me feel proud to be Canadian.

— Grade 12 student, Mount Baker SS, Cranbrook, BC

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About the Director

Charles Officer

Actor, writer and filmmaker Officer’s first feature, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, was nominated for 10 Genies, winning one. Mighty Jerome was his first documentary. Most recently, Officer directed the docs The Skin We’re In and Unarmed Verses, which won the Best Canadian Feature Documentary at Hot Docs 2017.

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Lesson Plans Available for this title:
  • Civics - 10
  • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
  • History - 10, 11, 12
  • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Politics - 11, 12
  • Social Science - 11, 12

Screening Language Options:
  • English Language with French Subtitles

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