Press release 51 Sprints
12 June - 8 January 2017
The interactive documentary 51 Sprints recounts the history of one of the great highlights of the modern Olympic Games: the 100-metre sprint. This history is, of course, connected with record-breaking achievements and legendary finals, but in 51 Sprints the emphasis is on the athletes as symbolic figures who represent their nation, race or gender.
Final 100 metres women. Athletics in the empire stadium, Wembley, London, 1948. Photo Bettmann / Getty Images
Jesse Owens. Final of 100 metres. Olympic Games, Berlin, 1936. Photo Propperfoto / Getty Images