Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, December 20, 2013

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2013—directed by Bill Siegel)

Anything but a conventional sports documentary, The Trials of Muhammad Ali looks at its extraordinary and often-complex subject's life both inside and outside the boxing ring. From joining the Nation of Islam and changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War in the name of protesting racial inequality, to his global humanitarian work, Muhammad Ali remains both an inspiring and a controversial figure. Outspoken and passionate in his beliefs, Ali found himself in the center of America's controversies over race, religion, and war. Meticulously crafted by Academy Award®-nominated director Bill Siegel, The Trials of Muhammad Ali uses rare footage and interviews to examine how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked far more than just his fame and fortune in order to follow his conscience. (94 min.)

“The best Muhammad Ali doc I’ve ever seen and – dare I say – I’ve seen ‘em all.” –Dave Zirin, The Nation

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