Feb. 16 ‘Coffee and Conversation’ Series Screens ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’

News Release Date: 
February 3, 2014

For Immediate Release

Feb. 16 ‘Coffee and Conversation’ Series Screens ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’

 LINCOLN, Neb. (Feb. 3, 2014) -- NET’s next “Coffee and Conversation in the Community” film and discussion series begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, with a screening of “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” at Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center at 313 N. 13th St. on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

“Coffee and Conversation” is free and open to the public. A moderated discussion of the film follows the screening. The films are shown in partnership with ITVS Community Cinema, Lincoln community radio station KZUM (89.3 FM), the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Malone Community Center.

This feature-length documentary film covers Ali’s toughest bout, his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service.

Prior to becoming the most recognizable face on earth, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning civil rights, religion, and wartime dissent. The fury he faced from an American public enraged by his opposition to the Vietnam War and unwilling to accept his conversion to Islam, has global implications for generations now coming of age amidst contemporary fissures involving freedom, faith and military conflict.

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. As we follow Ali’s struggle for justice through its final round in the Supreme Court, the film explores his political, spiritual, and cultural dimensions from his hometown of Louisville, Ky., to the far corners of the earth, enabling audiences to consider the full resonance of Ali for all time.

The post-film discussion will be moderated  by Michael Combs, professor of political science at UNL. Other panelists will be announced later.

ITVS Community Cinema is a public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from PBS’s “Independent Lens” in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

“Our vision for the ‘Coffee and Conversation’ series is to engage a network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally,” said Marthaellen Florence, NET Community Engagement and Educational Outreach director.

For more information on the series and NET Community Engagement and Educational Outreach, check the NET website at http://netNebraska.org/engage

 

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CONTACT: NET Community Outreach director Marthaellen Florence, 402-470-6603 or mflorence@netNebraska.org
RELEASE WRITTEN BY: Kim Hachiya, 402-470-6694, or khachiya@netNebraska.org

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