Befitting its extraordinary and complex subject, the film examines Ali's life outside the ring, beginning with the announcement of his deeply held and controversial Islamic religious beliefs, and the decision to change his "white man's name" of Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. Yet, it is not a conventional sports documentary. The film explores his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War, even after his status as a conscientious objector was denied, on the grounds of protesting racial injustice at home—while capturing his passion and anger in interviews and television appearances culled from a rich variety of rare archival sources. 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.
Dir. Bill Siegel, USA, 2013, 94 min., NR, DCP
Link to Belcourt website and trailer: http://www.belcourt.org/events/the-trials-of-muhammad-ali.681977
Dinner at Fido's after for those interested. It's a very short walk away.
—Parking's always free in the Belcourt's lot when you're attending a movie (and do note that meters in Hillsboro Village are free on weekends, because there are times the Belcourt lot is completely full). However, you will need to get a parking pass.
—If you buy your ticket online and choose the "print at home" option, you'll have a parking pass attached to your ticket.
—If you buy your ticket at the box office, the Belcourt will actually give you a pass you can put on your dashboard (so you don't have to go back to the paystation and enter a code).
Derek will be in the lobby seated at a table at 6:35 p.m. until 6:50 p.m. If you don't spot us or arrive later, call or text me at [masked]. I'll come out to the lobby and show you where we are sitting at.
“Singling out the most dramatic period in a career that was never short on color, [it] focuses on a time not only before Ali's iconic status was assured, but when even the fame brought by his 1960 Olympic gold medal was in danger of being overshadowed by the inflammatory rhetoric surrounding his embrace of Islam. The film captures the thrill of Ali's personality even for viewers with little interest in the sweet science.” — John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
“…notable primarily for its subject: not Ali, who’s been spotlighted in countless films, but the roughly three-year period when Ali was unable to box, and made his money on the lecture circuit while his case made its way to the Supreme Court.” —Noel Murray, The Dissolve