Thursday, September 12, 2013 @ 7:30 PM
Siegel’s just-completed, and highly-acclaimed, film, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, is one of the most talked-about new documentaries of 2013, and has already generated significant Oscar buzz. The film holds a special place in AmDocs history, having been declared a winner at our 2012 Film Fund competition when it was still a work in progress. And now, Palm Springs audiences will have the chance to be the first in Southern California to see this completed gem that has critics beaming.
Dave Zirin of The Nation magazine proclaims, “This is the best Muhammad Ali doc I’ve ever seen … and I’ve seen ‘em all.” The Hollywood Reporter calls the film, “Invigorating,” and the Los Angeles Times says it all in one word — “Inspiring!”
The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers 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 5-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.