Boxing honored at the 3rd Annual African American Film Festival in Honolulu

Posted on January 30, 2014

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Muhammad Ali walks through the streets of New York City with members of the Black Panther Party in September 1970. Credit: David Fenton/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Muhammad Ali walks through the streets of New York City with members of the Black Panther Party in September 1970. Credit: David Fenton/Archive Photos/Getty Images

HONOLULU, HAWAI’I–The Honolulu Museum of Art celebrates African American
History Month with its third Honolulu African American Film Festival,
opening Feb. 1 with the documentary *The Trials of Muhammad Ali.*

The festival is organized by theater staff and the Honolulu African
American Film Festival Committee, comprised of Daphne Barbee-Wooten,
Derrick Branch, Marsha McFadden, John Nichols, Tadia Rice, Sandra Simms and
Sharon Yarbrough. Additional support comes from the African American
Lawyers Association of Hawaii.

The lineup is a slate of powerful new features, documentaries, and short
films that reflect upon African-American heritage and contemporary culture,
and the program concludes with a concert showcasing Hawai’i’s top soul
performers.

The opening-night, red-carpet reception on Feb. 1, 6-7:30 p.m., features a
boxing theme and live jazz by Riya Davis and Adagio. The ticket includes a
buffet dinner by Mom’s Soul Food. Wine, beer, and soda will be available
for purchase.

*The Trials Of Muhammad Ali *
Directed by Bill Siegel. USA. 2013. 92 mins.
Feb. 1 at 7:30pm; Feb. 5 at 1pm; Feb. 8 at 1pm
This unconventional sports documentary investigates the spiritual life of
America’s greatest boxing legend. Brash Cassius Clay burst into the
American consciousness in the early 1960s, just ahead of the Civil Rights
movement, and found himself in the center of national controversies over
race, religion, and war. From joining the Nation of Islam and changing his
name to Muhammad Ali, to his refusal to serve in the Vietnam War, to his
global humanitarian work, Ali remains an inspiring and divisive figure.
Produced by Kartemquin Films (*Hoop Dreams* and *The Interrupters*), and
directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Bill Siegel (The Weather
Underground), this powerful documentary examines how one of the most
celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked his fame and fortune
to follow his faith and conscience.

Official selection: Traverse City Film Festival, Vancouver International
Film Festival, and Seattle International Film Festival.

Find out about all the films and special events at
http://www.honolulumuseum.org/14194-third_annual_honolulu_african_american_film_festival

Press release courtesy of
Sharon Yarbrough
Sisters Empowering Hawaii
President
(808) 228-8503
http://www.sistersempoweringhi.com

*Media contacts:*
Lesa Griffith
808-532-8712
Email: lgriffith@honolulumuseum.org

Taylour Chang
808-532-3033
Email: tchang@honolulumuseum.org

find out more about the film at http://www.kartemquin.com/films/the-trials-of-muhammad-ali

Muhammad Ali walks through the streets of New York City with members of the Black Panther Party in September 1970. Credit: David Fenton/Archive Photos/Getty Images

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