I Am Ali

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This 2014 film is a documentary on one of the greatest icons in sports. There are lots of personal achival material (stills and film footages), audio recordings and interviews and testimonials from Ali’s circle of family and friends, including his daughters, son and ex-wife plus legends like Mike Tyson (boxing great), George Freeman (contender), Gene Kilroy  (manager), Jim Brown (advocate) and Tom Jones (the singer).

The film begins on 30 Nov 1979 when Ali was 37 years old, two years before his retirement. 24 hours after winning the World Heavyweight title in 1964 (which was taken away because he did not serve in the Vietnam war), he announces that henceforth he would be known as Muhammed Ali because it is a beautiful black name from his ancestors whereas Cassius Clay was a slave name. The most famous quote from him is: Float like a butterfly; Sting like a bee.

Ali has pulsating energy about him, and the music used in this film reflects that. There’s a lot of music from the ’70s (& some earlier), including those by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Ella Fitzgerald, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, the Mamas & Papas and more.

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