THE RELAY: BEHIND THE MEDALS
Documentary | 0h12 | 2021
Director : Kimberley Ann Surin
Production : Kimberley Ann Surin et Ina Fichman
Scriptwriting : Kimberley Ann Surin
Photography direction : Thomas Soto
Atlanta, 1996. 25 years ago, in front of 85,000 stunned spectators, four Canadian sprinters achieved what was once thought as impossible: winning the Olympic gold medal in the 4x100 relay event, defeating the American team and world champions on their home soil.
On August 3rd 1996, four Black men from three different Caribbean Islands ran together and then marked this monumental event by becoming the face of the sport of sprinting in Canada forever. 25 years later, Bruny Surin's eldest daughter and film director and writer Kimberley Ann, who is also a former professional athlete, looks deeply at her father's team's legacy and its place in Canadian sports. In The Relay, we meet team members who speak candidly about their experiences as we relive the drama and tension of this extraordinary race.
About the director
Based in Montreal, Kimberley Ann is a Quebec-Canadian filmmaker of Haitian origin. Following her graduation from Pennsylvania State University, Kimberley began her career in the world of production (Warner Brothers, Sphere Media, etc.) and then moved on to directing and writing documentaries and fiction.