There are documentaries...and there are Ken Burns documentaries. Burns has been making films for more than thirty years and has covered everything from the civil war to baseball.
The film tells the story of Jack Roosevelt Robinson, who rose from humble origins to break baseball’s color barrier and waged a fierce lifelong battle for first-class citizenship for all African Americans that transcends even his remarkable athletic achievements.
Jackie Robinson is also a warm portrait of a loving and devoted husband and father, featuring extensive interviews with Robinson’s widow, Rachel, and their surviving children, Sharon and David, who witnessed firsthand how resistant society could be to equality for African Americans, even their enormously popular father. He's known for his signature style of using archival footage and photographs, his latest project focuses on Jackie Robinson.
Jackie Robinson. ‘Jackie Robinson’ airs over two nights - April 11th and 12th on PBS.
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