Mighty Jerome
2010 / Complete

GENRE: Feature Documentary 
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: National Film Board of Canada
PRODUCER: Selwyn Jacob
DIRECTOR: Charles Officer
WRITER: Charles Officer

In 1960, at the age of 19, Harry Jerome was the fastest man on Earth, running the 100-metre sprint in ten seconds flat. A tribute to an inspiring individual, Mighty Jerome addresses issues of race, nationalism and perseverance through the accomplishments of one of Canada’s finest and fastest athletes. Not only a biography of a deserving public figure, Charles Officer’s feature documentary debut is also a powerful aesthetic achievement. The monochromatic palette profiles the highs of Jerome’s athletic feats and the lows of injury and media scorn, framing a story of redemption against impossible odds, described by his coach as “the greatest comeback in track and field history.”