Photograph: Bobby Sengstacke

Photograph: Bobby Sengstacke

Perhaps one of the most recognizable figures in the history of American sports, Muhammad Ali was not shy when it came to confrontation. Born at a time when racial tensions were high, Ali channeled his frustrations into an energy that allowed him to be the “King of the Ring” and a legend in the boxing community. Given his disparaging, pugilistic attitude, many were surprised when he chose to object to the violence in Vietnam, choosing to opt out of the conflict in a public move that divided many.

Photograph: Art Shay

Photograph: Art Shay

Bill Siegel’s The Trials of Muhammad Ali follows the quest of the iconic fighter formerly known as Cassius Clay as he embraces Islam and tries to redefine himself. Through interviews and archival footage of those closest to Ali, we see what tempered the man whom many consider the world’s greatest fighter as he’s caught in the most difficult conflict of his career. Forced to choose between external and internal peace, Ali paved a path of acceptance for generations to come.

Photograph: David Fenton/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Photograph: David Fenton/Archive Photos/Getty Images

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is another installment of the Community Cinema showcase, making the culturally relevant yet specialized content of PBS’s Independent Lens documentary series a fixture in the Nashville community. Showing Emmy® Award-winning films through the initiative created by ITVS, Nashville Public Television hopes to connect the community with documentaries by also providing a free lunch and a hosted discussion, offering nourishment for the body and mind.

The next Community Cinema showcase will be held on Wednesday, February 19, at 11:30 a.m. in the Studio A space of NPT. For complete information and to guarantee your seat, please visit the Eventbrite page online at  www.communitycinemastudioA.eventbrite.com.

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