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City of Ali

Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival

1 Hr. 21 Min.
No Rating
2021

CITY OF ALI is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of how the death of Muhammad Ali brought the people of his Kentucky hometown – and the world – together for one unforgettable week. Ali’s passing on June 3, 2016, came in the context of a bitter U.S. presidential election, a proposed Muslim ban and the global expansion of the Black Lives Matter movement. Yet on the day of Ali’s funeral procession, more than 100,000 people lined the streets of Louisville to celebrate his life, and an estimated one billion people worldwide watched events like Ali’s memorial, held in the packed KFC YUM! Center as stories of the Louisville Lip’s wit, generosity, swagger and commitment to justice were retold by President Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal, Lonnie Ali, and many others.

 

"*Louisville's adulation for their native son has been thoroughly documented by this soul-lifting film."
- National Newspaper Publishers Association
"It really is quite moving."
- FilmWeek
"Like many of the onscreen interviewees, I found myself tearing up several times."
- RogerEbert.com

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