Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:00pm

Witness Muhammad Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn his prison sentence for refusing U.S. military service. 

Independent Lens: The Trials of Muhammad Ali, airing Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV, traces a formative period in Ali’s life, one unknown to young people and neglected by those who remember him as a boxer but overlook how controversial he was when he first took center stage. Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning civil rights, religion and wartime dissent. This film zeroes in on the years 1967 to 1970, when Ali lived in exile within the U.S., stripped of his heavyweight belt and banned from boxing, sacrificing fame and fortune on principle.

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