The Trials of Muhammad Ali

Director: Bill Siegel
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 6 min.
Language: English

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 five-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.

About the Director

Bill Siegel

Biography: Bill Siegel has more than 20 years of experience in documentary filmmaking and education. He co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Weather Underground; was a researcher on the documentary films Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story and Hoop Dreams; and was a writer on One Love, a documentary on the cultural history of basketball by Leon Gast (When We Were Kings). Siegel is vice president of school programs for the Great Books Foundation, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to literacy and lifelong learning.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2016)

The Weather Underground (2002)
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)
Independent Lens (2004, 2014)