The Los Angeles Film Festival presents a screening of Facing Ali, a documentary that tells the stories of ten men who fought Muhammad Ali.
Summer Showcase (96 mins)
Cast: Muhammad Ali, George Chuvalo, Sir Henry Cooper, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Ron Lyle, Ken Norton, Earnie Shavers, Leon Spinks, Ernie Terrell
Saturday, June 27 at 7:00pm
Majestic Crest $12.00
Sunday, June 28 at 2:00pm
Landmark 4 $12.00
Gorgeously shot against the rich reds and browns of boxing rings, gyms and arenas, Facing Ali tells the stories of ten men who faced the charismatic, fast-talking dynamo some believe was the greatest fighter of all time: Muhammad Ali.
Using dynamic graphics and gorgeous archival footage to quickly set down the facts of Ali’s life and career, McCormick delves into the history of each contest and the boxer who fought it. Forgoing testimony from sportswriters and celebrity fans, McCormack lets these ten men tell their story and Ali’s entirely in their own words.
The history they reveal is unexpectedly moving. The chance to fight Ali was life changing, and many acknowledge that boxing is a profession of last resort for the poor. The film also reveals the darker side of the confidence and drive that helped made Ali the hero he is but also may have kept him in the ring longer than he should have stayed. As one of his opponents notes, “You can lose your life giving the people what they want to see.”
Hosts: African Marketplace, Inc./NAACP Hollywood Bureau
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2009
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Majestic Crest Theater
1262 Westwood Blvd.
near Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA United States
Los Angeles Film Festival www.lafilmfest.com
Sponsor(s): The Los Angeles Film Festival. Sponsored by American Airlines and hosted by African Marketplace, Inc. and NAACP Hollywood Bureau.