CreatorKartemquin Films ; Independent Lens ; Independent Television Service ; a film by Bill Siegel ; directed and produced by Bill Siegel ; produced by Rachel Pikelny ; a co-production of Kartemquin Educational Films, Projecto Willis, LLC, and the Independent Television Service
The powerful documentary examines the life of Muhammad Ali beyond the boxing ring to offer a personal perspective on the American sporting legend. Investigating Ali's spiritual transformation includes his conversion to Islam, resistance to the Vietnam War draft, and humanitarian work. The documentary connects Ali's transcendent life story to America' struggles with race, religion, and war in the twentieth century.
"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"--Container.
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