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Kaepernick & America

Tribeca Online Premieres

FEATURE | United States | 82 MINUTES | English |



Colin Kaepernick's personal awakening, as a biracial adoptee raised by white parents, coincided with the growing cultural tensions during the waning years of the Obama presidency. After years of unrest prior to the tragic murder of Philando Castile in 2016, the superstar quarterback began to sit for the national anthem. In an ironic twist, his decision to respectfully kneel at the behest of a veteran teammate transformed a quiet protest into one of the most recognized political statements of our time.

Filmmakers Tommy Walker and Ross Hockrow examine the upbringing of the enigmatic athlete-turned icon, how the fateful protest came to be and why Kaepernick’s decision struck a pivotal nerve with the American populace. With perspectives from media figures, experts, and those close to the inciting protest, the documentary reveals how Kaepernick’s simple act of taking a knee unearthed deep social fractures that have become ever more apparent in the current political zeitgeist.--Brandon Harrison

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Directed by Tommy Walker and Ross Hockrow

Tommy Walker is an esteemed producer and director who has specialized in films about race and identity. His most recent film was Toni Morrison: The Pieces I AmRoss Hockrow is a rising star in documentary circles and the director of Born Strong (Netflix) and Finding Giannis (TNT).
Tommy Walker, Ross Hockrow
Bill Stephney, Gary Cohen, Matt McDonald
Scott Beer
Ross Hockrow
Executive Producer
Don Lemon, John Battsek
Line Producer
Niki Usbay McDonald
Post Supervisor
Chris Spaide
Art Director
Eric Baldetti
Don Lemon, DeRay Mckesson, Pam Oliver, Steve Wyche, Nate Boyer, Hue Jackson, April Dinwoodie


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