Tuesday, March 11, 7pm – FREE ADMISSION! 


THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI


The acclaimed new documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Bill Siegel covers boxing legend Muhammad Ali's toughest bout: his battle to overturn
the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI is not a boxing film. It is a fight film tracing a formative period in Ali’s life, one that is remarkably unknown to young people today. 


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.


Produced by Chicago’s legendary Kartemquin Films, THE TRIALS OF MUHAMMAD ALI examines how one of the most celebrated sports champions of the 20th century risked fame and fortune to follow his faith and conscience. 


With director Bill Siegel and producer Rachel Pikelny in person! 


Co-presented with ITVS Community Cinema, Independent Lens and WTTW.


Presented in conjunction with the Evanston Public Library's ongoing 11 Months of African American History series and the Muslim Journeys program and discussion series.




Wednesday, May 7, 7pm – FREE ADMISSION! 


I NEVER SAID I WASN’T HAPPY


I NEVER SAID I WASN'T HAPPY is Chicago painter and filmmaker Sara Peak Convery's candid personal examination of complex family dynamics and her parents' difficult marriage. Through a lively mix of interviews, paintings, home movies and family photographs dating back to the late 1950s, the film paints an unflinching portrait of a rural Midwestern family by a daughter of the Midwest.


When Sara was three years old, she reportedly asked her mother: "why do we live with this man?" The man in question was her father. Reflecting the restrictive gender roles of an earlier era, the documentary reveals how Sara's mother finally blossoms in widowhood, reclaiming her own identity after the death of her husband.


With Sara Peak Convery and her mother Janis S. Peak in person! 


Co-presented with Evanston’s Aging Well Conference.

 

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