February 25, 2014 4:57 pm
Today marks the 50th anniversary of Clay v Liston, one of the most famous sporting events in history, after which Cassius Clay claimed the heavyweight title, and then further "shook up the world" by announcing that he was a member of the Nation of Islam and would change his name to Muhammad Ali. These events - and the public outcry and legal battle Ali had to contend with for many years to follow - form the core of our award-winning film The Trials of Muhammad Ali.
To mark the occasion, we invite you to watch the opening of the film:
The film, recently selected by the L.A. Times as one of the 10 best documentaries of 2013, is currently available for rent and purchase via video on demand platforms such as iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu.
Free screenings are currently happening all over the U.S. thanks to ITVS Community Cinema. In February we were thrilled to show at the Nation of Islam's 2014 Saviour's Day where the film screened to thousands of NOI members. Trials director Bill Siegel and special guest Leon Gast (When We Were Kings) will attend a March 20 screening in Mesa, Arizona, and Bill and the film will also be at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in Greece, March 13-19. Bill also plans to attend the screenings of the film in New York at DCTV on April 3 and Pelham Picturehouse on April 4. See our full events listings for more details.
This Spring we are looking forward to our U.S. television premiere on Independent Lens on April 14th at 10 PM. Following on April 22nd will be the release of The Trials of Muhammad Ali DVD, which will be full of special features and educational resources!