The Trials of Muhammad Ali

with director Bill Siegel
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 7:00pm

Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent. In 1964, when the 22-year-old Olympic gold medalist won his first heavyweight championship, he shouted, “I shook up the world!” But his earthshaking had only begun. The Trials of Muhammad Ali delves deeply into a time when an emerging sports superhero chooses faith and conscience over fame and fortune.

"This is a special film. It should be treasured by anyone who cares about sports, politics, the 1960s or the vivacious, loquacious, bodacious, Muhammad Ali. There are those I’m sure who will always believe that no film could possibly do Ali and his era justice. They should on principle see The Trials of Muhammad Ali, and then, humbled, find Bill Siegel and say his name." — Dave Zirin, The Nation

Screening will be followed by a Q and A with director Bill Siegel.

Bill Siegel has more than 20 years of experience in documentary filmmaking and education. He codirected the Academy Award - nominated documentary The Weather Underground; was a researcher on the films Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story and Hoop Dreams; and a writer on One Love, a documentary on the cultural history of basketball by Leon Gast (When We Were Kings). Siegel is Vice President of School Programs for the Great Books Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to literacy and lifelong learning.

(Bill Siegel, 2013, DCP, 94 min., Produced by Kartemquin Films)

Co-sponsored by the South Side Weekly and the Logan Center for the Arts.