A new documentary from Passion Pictures, the executive producer of the critically-acclaimed “Searching for Sugar Man,” and “The Imposter,” which is centered on the recorded conversations of Ali.
Executive producer John Battsek (who claims “When We Were Kings” was an inspiration) said about the doc: “It’s a film built around phone conversations that Ali recorded for many years with his family. That’s the spine of the film. It’s a very personal perspective on Ali, from Ali – in a way – through a 20-year period of his life when he was still fighting.”
Titled “I Am Ali, “and financed by NBC Universal, the film is directed by Clare Lewins, and will is told through exclusive, unprecedented access to Ali’s personal archive of ‘audio journals’ combined with touching interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends, including his daughters, sons, ex-wife and brother, plus legends of the boxing community including Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Gene Kilroy.
It was released in a limited theatrical run a month ago, in the USA, and is now out on the home video market, available on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD platforms.
While Ali himself isn’t directly involved in the project, he’s certainly aware of it.
Other recent Ali-related docs include “The Trials Of Muhammad Ali,” from Kartemquin Films, which takes a look at Ali’s battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing US military service during the Vietnam War; and Stephen Frears’ “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” which examines the same case, but from the POV of the Supreme Court.
Watch the trailer for “I Am Ali” below: