Ali’s Fight for Freedom in ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ Premieres at Tribeca on Apr. 26
A documentary on Muhammad Ali‘s biggest battle, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, will soon make its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, and an official poster has been released.
Directed by Bill Siegel and executive produced by Leon Gast for Kartemquin Films, the film will show Ali “as a fighter fueled by defiance, faith and a quest for justice.”
Learn more about the doc:
In 1964, when the 22-year-old, Olympic gold medalist wins his first heavyweight championship, he shouts, “I shook up the world!” But his earthshaking has only begun.
Soon he announces he is a Muslim, a member of the Nation of Islam, and takes a new name: Muhammad Ali.
After Ali is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, he makes his defining expression of resistance: “No, I will not go 10,000 miles to continue the domination of white slave masters over the darker people of the earth.”
In 1967, after the US government denies Ali’s conscientious objector claim, he refuses military induction. The government convicts Ali of draft evasion, sentences him to five years in prison, and revokes his passport.
Ali is banned from boxing and stripped of his title. He begins life in exile within the U.S., vilified in many corners at home, while becoming an international symbol of opposition to unjust war.
As Ali files legal appeals round after round, all the way to the Supreme Court, he supports his family via a nationwide speaking tour, amidst a country divided over the war abroad and racism at home.
Rare and riveting archival footage of Ali’s fiery speeches on college campuses and fierce exchanges during TV appearances, show him fearlessly speaking his mind as he fights for freedom.
‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ delves deeply into a time when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and conscience over fame and fortune.
Both screenings of the Tribeca premiere on Friday, April 26th have already sold out but it will be shown at the Montclair Film Festival in New Jersey on May 5th.
Though there’s no official trailer yet, watch Ali’s refusal to joining the army below.