It was the summer of 2016, an election year with unrest rumbling through America. There were countless triggers—the murder videos of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling, the counterpunch of Alt-Right and Fake News, Black Lives Matter, Russian meddling—a discordant national cauldron ready to boil over. It was the birth of Trumpism, but nobody knew it yet.
Then, Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem and struck a pivotal nerve with the American populace, who divided between celebrating and vilifying him. Directors Tommy Walker (producer, Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am) and Ross Hockrow examine the upbringing of the enigmatic athlete-turned-icon, how the fateful protest came to be and how his quiet act became one of the most recognized political statements of our time. D: Tommy Walker, Ross Hockrow, US, 2022, 1h22m
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