June 21, 2013 11:07 am
On June 20, 1967, Muhammad Ali, perhaps the defining athlete of the 20th century, was convicted of evading the United States draft by refusing to take part in the Vietnam Conflict. 46 years later, the political and cultural impact of that landmark court case comes to life in Bill Siegel’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Hailed by Dave Zirin (Sports Editor of The Nation), as “The best Muhammad Ali doc I've ever seen,” The Trials of Muhammad Ali is an explosive film that explores Ali’s choice to stand up for belief and conscience over fame and fortune. As William C. Rhoden writes in the New York Times, Ali's story is "a reminder that courage, honor and integrity are timeless." The Trials of Muhammad Ali is scheduled to screen today, June 21, at the National Portrait Gallery as a part of the 2013 AFI DOCS festival in Washington D.C. One of just 45 feature-length films selected, Trials was picked from over 2,000 submissions, and is part of a line-up that contains many of the year’s best documentaries. You can also catch its AFI DOCS Festival screening on June 23rd at Newseum. Director Bill Siegel, who also co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground, will be attending both screenings.