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“The Trials of Muhammad Ali”

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The documentary “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” examines Ali’s life outside the boxing ring, beginning with his conversion to Islam and decision to change his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. Director Bill Siegel talks about Ali’s role as an activist, his the controversies spurred by his objections to the Vietnam War. “the Trials of Muhammad Ali” opens August 23 at the IFC Center.

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Comments [5]

trace crutchfield

Love to here a discussion about how Ali turned his back on Frazier after his return from "exile"

Aug. 22 2013 01:17 PM
fuva from harlemworld

What a giant (if imperfect) hero...
There actually was a black and white divide around support for Ali, but this wasn't about skin color.

Aug. 22 2013 01:15 PM
fuva from harlemworld

What a giant (if imperfect) hero...
There actually was a black and white divide around support for Ali, but this wasn't about skin color.

Aug. 22 2013 01:15 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

What Ali was really saying was that reform was not possible; it had to be revolution. The "system" had to be confronted, flat out, and to do so you had to take the most rejectionist and obviously confrontational stance possible. I think he realized much later on that he'd gone a bit too far, but maybe he felt it was necessary nonetheless.

Aug. 22 2013 01:14 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

When Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, he definitely stymied so many of us white people who admired the guy. It was confusing times.

Aug. 22 2013 01:08 PM

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