I wasn’t able to attend the Tribeca Film Festival press screening for this on Wednesday, and won’t be able to attend the film’s TFF public premiere this evening either, so there may not be an S&A review of it this time around. Although I’m working on rectifying that…
In the meantime, here are a couple of clips from The Trials of Muhammad Ali, the feature documentary from Kartemquin Films, which is making its world premiere at the TFF today.
As a recap… will cover:
… Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing US military service during the Vietnam War. Brash boxer Cassius Clay burst into the American consciousness in the early 1960s, just ahead of the Civil Rights movement. His transformation into the spiritually enlightened heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali is legendary, but this religious awakening also led to a bitter legal battle with the U.S. government after he refused to serve in the Vietnam War. This film reveals the perfect storm of race, religion and politics that shaped one of the most recognizable figures in sports history.
The film is directed by Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground) and executive produced by Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) for Kartemquin Films.
Tonight’s screening is sold out, as you probably guessed; the same goes for tomorrow night’s screening at 9pm. But, as others have done and continue to do, if you get to the theater early enough and stand in the “Rush Tickets” line, you just might get in.
No trailer yet, but these 2 clips should do (you’ll also find the full poster underneath):