July 22, 2015 11:57 am
The Trials of Muhammad Ali has been nominated for three Emmys, including Best Documentary!
The film, which aired on PBS Independent Lens in April 2014, was recognized by the 36th National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences News and Documentary Awards in the following categories:
- Best Documentary
- Outstanding Historical Programming-Long-Form
- Best Editing (Aaron Wickenden)
Congratulations to director Bill Siegel, producer Rachel Pikelny, editor Aaron Wickenden, executive producers Gordon Quinn, Justine Nagan, Leon Gast, and Kat White, composer Joshua Abrams, and to all who worked on and were featured in the film! Special thanks are due to the film's major funders The Ford Foundation and ITVS.
Congratulations also to Raising Bertie director Margaret Byrne, who was also part of the editing team nominated today for American Promise
The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a Kartemquin documentary exploring the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.
The film was distributed in theaters by Kino Lorber and is available on DVD and digital platforms.