The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Director Bill Siegel scheduled to attend | June 7 & June 8

USA | 2013 | 92 minutes | Bill Siegel

Brash boxer Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali) burst into the American consciousness in the early 1960s, just ahead of the Civil Rights movement. This film reveals the perfect storm of race, religion, and politics that shaped one of the most recognizable figures in sports history.

May 25, 2013
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
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June 7, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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June 8, 2013
SIFF Cinema Egyptian  
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Between his first bout with Sonny Liston and his memorable fights with Joe Frazier and George Foreman, heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali had to fight the toughest and longest battle of his life in defense of his personal and political beliefs. Ali, née Cassius Clay, had officially aligned himself with the Nation of Islam in 1964 soon after winning his first heavyweight champion title against Liston and taken on the now iconic name given to him by leader Elijah Muhammad. When he refused to serve in the Vietnam War a few years later, Muhammad Ali became the fighter who wouldn't fight for America. From Cassius Clay to Cassius X and on to Muhammad Ali, from a charismatic celebrity recruit of Malcolm X to an outspoken icon of anti-war social activism, the identity of Ali is intricately tied to the Nation of Islam and to social justice. The Trials of Muhammad Ali masterfully pieces together famous footage and previously unseen material with insight from those closest to him. It sheds light on a formative period in Ali's life as he fought racial prejudice, and the American legal system, to ultimately find his way back into the ring.

Director Biography
Bill Siegel co-directed the Academy Award® nominated documentary The Weather Underground and has also worked on Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story, Hoop Dreams, and One Love. Actively involved as an educator, he is Vice President of School Programs for the Great Books Foundation in Chicago.

Sponsored in part by Brotherton Cadillac Buick GMC

Director: Bill Siegel
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Running Time: 92 minutes
Producer: Rachel Pikelny, Bill Siegel
Cinematographers: Andrew Black, Marcel Cabrera, Slawomir Grunberg, Dana Kupper, Ines Sommer, Stanley Staniski, Aaron W
Editors: Aaron Wickenden
Music: Joshua Abrams
Filmography: The Weather Underground (2002)
Language: English
Format: HDCAM
International Sales: Kartemquin Films
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