The Trials of Muhammad Ali

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The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali: Official Trailer (2013)

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Join us on select Friday Nights for Indie Flicks, featuring special screenings of documentaries, independent films and thought-provoking stories. You can meet the filmmaker, enjoy a beer and watch the show... all in a comfortable lounge-like atmosphere.

Khalilah Camacho-Ali

Khalilah Camacho-Ali - the former Mrs. Muhammad Ali, who is featured in the documentary – will join director Bill Siegel for a post-screening Q&A.

Some Films May Be For Mature Audiences Only.

About the filmmaker: Bill Siegel

Bill Siegel, Filmmaker

Bill Siegel has more than 20 years of experience in documentary filmmaking and education. He co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground; was a researcher on the documentary films Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story and Hoop Dreams; and was a writer on One Love, a documentary on the cultural history of basketball by Leon Gast (When We Were Kings). Siegel is vice president of school programs for the Great Books Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to literacy and lifelong learning.

About the film:

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.

"Richly textured and exhaustively researched...fresh clips and new voices that make Ali come alive... a gift." - Sports Illustrated

"In its portrayal of a hyper-confident motormouth, "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" leaves a clear impression. The fighter shook up America--and its assumptions about race--by being the opposite of Jackie [Robinson]: always talking, always reacting, always provoking."  - Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times

"An intriguing portrait of a man who never wavered, no matter what the world threw at him, which was a lot." - Kenneth Turan, NPR Morning Edition


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