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Monday, March 24, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (PDT)


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THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI   more info Ended Free  


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Community Cinema

A series of  free matinee screenings
with post-film discussions

The film series and its supporting content is part of the  ITVS American Graduate public media initiative.

       The Trials of Muhammad Ali

        Bill Siegel, Director

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Monday, March 24

********* 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm *********

Please note:  We're beginning at 12:00 - this film is 90 minutes long + discussion / Q & A                  

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a feature-length documentary film covering Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service.

Trials is not a boxing film. It is a fight film tracing a formative period in Ali’s life, one that is remarkably unknown to young people today and tragically neglected by those who remember him as a boxer, but overlook how controversial he was when he first took center stage.

Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning civil rights, religion, and wartime dissent. The fury he faced from an American public enraged by his opposition to the Vietnam War and unwilling to accept his conversion to Islam, has global implications for generations now coming of age amidst contemporary fissures involving freedom, faith and military conflict.

 This film zeroes in on the years 1967 to 1970, when Ali lived in exile within the U.S., stripped of his heavyweight belt and banned from boxing, sacrificing fame and fortune on principle. As we follow Ali’s struggle for justice through its final round in the Supreme Court, the film explores his political, spiritual, and cultural dimensions from his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to the far corners of the earth, enabling audiences to consider the full resonance of Ali for all time.


About the Filmmaker:

 Bill Siegel Director

Bill Siegel has more than 20 years of experience in documentary filmmaking and education. He co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground; was a researcher on the documentary films Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story and Hoop Dreams; and a writer on One Love, a documentary on the cultural history of basketball by Leon Gast (When We Were Kings). Siegel is vice president of school programs for the Great Books Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to literacy and lifelong learning.


Q & A immediately following the film with:

Walter Turner
Walter Turner is a Professor of Social Sciences and Contemporary African Affairs at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. He teaches courses in United States History, Contemporary African Politics, African American History, and Africa History. Professor Turner currently serves as the chairperson of the Social Sciences Department. He is the President of the Board of Directors of Global Exchange, a San Francisco based human rights organization. Professor Turner works in the coordination of Global Exchange’s programs to Cuba and Africa.   He serves on the advisory board of the Paul Robeson Film Initiative in Africa Cinema. He is on the Board of Directors of Freedom Archives and the Priority Africa Network. He has served as the chairperson of the Hands Off Assata Committee and was a founder and producer of the Annual Marin City Community Festival.   He has lectured at the UCLA, USC, the University of Denver, the University of Pennsylvania, and UC Berkeley. For his international work and activism he has been awarded the Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award, the Golden Bell Award and has been selected as a National Faculty Member of the Year. He is 2011 recipient of the Ubuntu Shared Humanity Award. In 2012 he was awarded the Bay Area Black Media Appreciation in the category of Pan African News. Professor Turner completed his undergraduate work at the University of California Berkeley and his graduate work at Sonoma State University.


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All screenings are at :

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center

1118 Fourth St.

San Rafael

CFI Education is proud to be a part of Community Cinema. Community Cinema is a ground-breaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring monthly screenings of films from the
Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. For more information about Community Cinema and for study guides visit www.pbs.org/independentlens/communitycinema


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When & Where

Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

Monday, March 24, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

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