Directed by Gary Keys
Executive Producer: Douglas Durst
Produced by: Gary Keys & Emily Morse
A new film by Gary Keys, TRYING TO KILL GIANTS-A 20th CENTURY AMERICAN STORY is a look at the legacy of race and racism in 20th Century America through the experience of three exemplary men–Jack Johnson, Paul Robeson and Muhammad Ali. These men’s resistance to the norms of racial etiquette in their respective eras angered the establishment and led to their persecution by the U.S. government– through the Mann Act conviction of Jack Johnson; the Cold War persecution of Paul Robeson; and the stripping of Muhammad Ali’s title and court battles in the wake of his resistance to the draft. Through the lens of these colorful characters, we see the power of the human spirit to resist oppression, and learn that it’s no easy task to try to kill giants.
Running time: 68 min (est.)