October 19, 2019 – PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76er and Executive Producer Ben Simmons hosted the Philadelphia premier of The Australian Dream, a documentary film about Australian Football League (AFL) icon Adam Goodes and racism in his birth country.
The film, written by Indigenous journalist Stan Grant, highlights Adam Goodes’ rise to fame in the AFL, and his activism against racism off the field. He was born to a white father and Aboriginal mother, and had first hand experience of the racism in the Australian society and AFL fans.
In May 2013, Adam had a fan ejected from a game for yelling a racial slur at him. He later reconciled with the fan, but used it as a platform against the unfortunate societal environment the fan grew up in. However this sparked a racially-motivated booing campaign that eventually led to his retirement from the game.
Simmons was joined by his father, David Simmons, fellow Australians Jonah Bolden (and his father Bruce) and Jordan Malta from the Philadelphia Eagles, and 76er teammates and coaches including Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle, Chris Koumadje, James Ennis, Zaire Smith, Norvel Pelle, Marial Shayok, Raul Neto, and Brett Brown.
You can read more about Adam Goode and The Australian Dream film at https://www.madmanfilms.com/the-australian-dream/
[Photos by Rick Pettine]
[Article by Rick Pettine]