A red carpet event took place outside Silverspot Cinema in Chapel Hill on Monday night.
Dressed in sparkling dresses and crisp bow ties, crowds of people joked and laughed while servers handed out miniature hamburgers and deviled eggs from platters.
Silverspot hosted the Chapel Hill premiere of "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice," a documentary that follows the 18 African-American athletes, including two women, that competed in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics.
The movie aims to tell the stories of the 17 African-American athletes that competed alongside Jesse Owens, but did not receive the same recognition that he does, especially during a time of racism in the United States and a Germany under Adolf Hitler.
Following the red carpet event, guests were shown into theater five of Silverspot, where the screening was held. Audience members laughed and nodded in appreciation throughout the documentary, which featured audio from track and field athletes Archie Williams and Jesse Owens, as well as interviews with the families of the athletes.
The event ended with a question and answer session with Executive Producers Deborah Riley Draper and Amy Tiemann.
Tiemann stressed the importance of the film in classrooms and communities.
"We want this to be a Black History Month staple," she said. "The goal is to change the narrative, to rewrite this story back into history."
When asked how she found out about the 17 African-American athletes that competed with Owens, Draper said it was an accidental discovery. She stumbled upon mention of the athletes while researching a jazz musician in Tennessee and started researching from there.