The Trials of Muhammad Ali explores its complex, extraordinary subject’s life outside the boxing ring, from his controversial conversion to Islam to his bitter legal battles with the U.S. government over the draft.
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This is an inspiring film that focuses on the person Muhammad Ali. Bill Siegel creates a cinematic construction of identity. The portrait painted here is of a man who skips along the footprints of the men and women he admires, but also finds himself frustrated by his contemporaries and their lack of vigor. Highly recommended.
Politically fractured documentary from Bill Siegel (Weather Underground) which seems unsure where to point its finger. The films gaze turns on the 'nation of Islam' and whether Ali was being duped or used by various factions and personalities more than concentrating on the actual legal and political machinations that took place during Ali's long legal battle. The film lacks depth or analysis.
To help sort through the post-mortem media whitewashing since the deaths of Prince & Muhammad Ali, someone's made an app that auto-corrects the creepily ubiquitous phrase "transcended race" to "was retroactively deemed safe by white people". Siegel's doc, along with being engaging, beautifully-paced, well-made, does the same sort of work. You don't get to whitewash Ali or his legacy; nice try, MSM. Rest In Power.
A perfect documentary that weaves together all the political, social, and religious threads of Ali's life. It provides an exceptionally thorough and intelligent overview of the historical moment in which he lived. I only knew him as a boxer. Now I know him as a great American hero of the Civil Rights Movement. His sense of the need to protect his own freedom, at whatever cost, is an inspiring lesson for all citizens.
Bir siyahi olarak İslam'da yeni bir kimlik bulduktan sonra "beyazların sistemi" tarafından Vietnam'a savaşa yollanarak yok edilmek istenen Muhammed Ali'nin Vietnam'daki savaşı reddederek sisteme karşı barışsal mücadelesini analatan müthiş bir belgesel.
Fascinating look at aspects of Ali's life which have been ... well, whitewashed ... in our collective memory. Documenting how Cassius Clay became Mohammad Ali, evolving an identity and creating a place in the world, also reveals a lot about how others built their own idea of Mohammad Ali based on their own needs.