The Trials of Muhammad Ali; discussion at Fido's after

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:

Dinner at Fido's after for those interested.  It's a very short walk away.

Parking information:

—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



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  • Derek

    We are sitting on the right hand side when you enter. I'll hang around in the lobby after.

    October 4, 2013

  • CJ

    Argh, I cannot make this nor can I figure out how to change my RSVP in the redesigned app. Sorry Derek, I didn't have the car until literally five minutes ago.

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to meeting everyone! This is my first meetup!

    1 · October 4, 2013

  • Derek

    I look forward to seeing everyone tonight. I'll be in the lobby wearing a red polo shirt with tan pants. My cell is[masked] if you don't see us.

    October 4, 2013

  • John B

    Opps. Have to back out. I have a conflict with the 7 pm INEQUALITY FOR ALL and a discussion will be led with Martha Wettemann, statistical analyst supervisor for Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Mario Mercado, representative from the Workers Dignity Project; and Luke Froeb, William C. Oehmig Chair of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management. Discussion moderated by Blake Farmer, news reporter and assistant news director for Nashville Public Radio.

    October 3, 2013

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