Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali!

Friday, January 17th is the 72nd birthday of Muhammad Ali. It’s an undeniable reminder of the mortality of a man dubbed The Greatest. It’s a date that should be spent celebrating the remarkable achievements of one of the most outspoken and divisive figures in American history. It’s a moment to reflect on Ali’s athletic prowess, his razor sharp wit, and his unflinching morals and convictions. It’s also a time to say, “Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali! You are the greatest that will ever be!”

The Trials of Muhammad Ali will be released on VOD this Tuesday, January 21st. Here is the link to watch it on iTunes.

There are also numerous screenings across the nation taking place this spring in cities like Honolulu, Denver, and Austin. See the full events calendar or email trialsofali@kartemquin.com to set up your own screening.

At the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky there will be a free screening of The Trials of Muhammad Ali on Friday evening in conjunction with Ali's 72nd birthday celebration. Here in Chicago, to mark this special occasion, Kartemquin has been hard at work organizing several local screenings of the film with special discussion panels:

January 18th at 6pm.
Harold Washington Cultural Center
Chicago, IL
4701 South King Drive
*Special appearance by Khalilah Camacho-Ali and a post-screening discussion with special guest speakers, Chicago historians, and more.

January 26th at 1:30pm.
Glenview Public Library
Glenview, IL
1930 Glenview Road
*Special appearance by Bill Siegel and a post-screening discussion

January 30th at 7:00pm.
Block Cinema at Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
40 Arts Circle Drive
*Special appearance by producer Rachel Pikleny and a post-screening discussion.

February 7th at 7:00pm.
Logan Center for the Arts at University of Chicago
Chicago, IL
915 E. 60th Street
*Special appearance by Bill Siegel with a post-screening Q&A.

February 15th at 2:00pm.
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago, IL
78 E. Washington Street
*In partnership with ITVS and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, there will be a free screening and discussion of the film.

So you have a sense of what these discussions and Q&A’s will be like, here is a video of a lively Q&A that the filmmakers and Khalilah Camacho-Ali participated in at the Music Box Theatre back in November:

Trials of Muhammad Ali Premiere at the Music Box from Kartemquin Films on Vimeo.