Tuesday, December 17, 7:00PM
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
A Film by Bill Siegel
(USA, 2013, 86 min)
International House Philadelphia 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104
$10 General Admission
$7 Students and Seniors
$5 Scribe, IHP, and Reelblack members
Producer Rachel Pikelny in person
Presented in partnership with International House Philadelphia
Co-sponsored by Reelblack
The Trials of Muhammad Ali explores Ali’s lifelong journey of spiritual transformation – from his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom – tracing Ali’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. At each stage, the challenges Ali faces go far beyond the boxing ring and ultimately encompass issues of power, race, faith and identity.
Not a boxing film and not a highlight reel, The Trials of Muhammad Ali focuses on Ali’s toughest bouts: his decision to join a controversial religious group, his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing US military service, sacrificing fame and fortune on faith and conscience, and his struggle with Parkinson’s disease.