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Updates: ‘Trials of Muhammad Ali’ (Fight To Overturn Prison Sentence For Refusing Military Service)

Updates: 'Trials of Muhammad Ali' (Fight To Overturn Prison Sentence For Refusing Military Service)

Quick updates on the work-in-progress documentary from Kartemquin Films (the company behind a few documentaries we’ve covered here on S&A, like The Interrupters and the Bill T Jones profile A Good Man), that we first alerted you to about a week ago.

As a recap… it’s titled The Trials of Muhammad Ali, and is, again, a work-in-progress, aimed for a 2013 release.

According to the company, the documentary is actually not a boxing film, as you might expect; instead it’ll 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.

The film is directed by Bill Siegel (The Weather Underground) and executive produced by Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) for Kartemquin Films.

So a stellar group behind this project, which we are looking forward to seeing become a full reality.

And now for the new stuff:

– First, check out this extensive interview with director Bill Siegel, Producer Rachel Pikelny and Editor Aaron Wickenden, as they talk about digging up forgotten archive footage for use in the film, getting the blessing of Ali and his family, and how this documentary will show Ali “as a fighter fueled by defiance, faith and a quest for justice.” Read the interview HERE.

– Second, Chicago folks will get a chance to see a preview of the film at the Chicago Humanities Festival, on Saturday November 10th. Click HERE for more info.

The event will take place at Harold Washington Library from 10am – 11am. Exclusive clips will be premiered by director/producer Bill Siegel and producer Rachel Pikelny, who will be in discussion with Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun-Times.

– Third, follow the film on Facebook and Twitter!

– And finally, check out the poster art for the film in full below.

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