Muhammad Ali. The greatest, the people’s champion, the Louisville lip. A man who has been subject to a great amount of scrutiny throughout his life, will once again be appearing in a documentary. A truly enormous amount has been written and said about the man who for years claimed he was the greatest to ever lace a pair of boots.
“I am Ali”, which will become available on October 10th, looks at an entirely new side of the former champion. The latest attempt to untangle the Gordian knot which is Muhammad Ali will be I Am Ali; a documentary focusing on the boxer’s inner circle of family, friends and former opponents.
A Focus World production, this new documentary will focus more on the human side of the former heavyweight world champion and will use previously unreleased phone calls with his family and closest friends during his boxing career.
A trailer for the new piece has been released and has been met with ringing endorsements from all who have seen it. For me, the trailer is enormously evocative and shows a side of a man who we have only known as the warrior not as the family man.
The trailer features Muhammad Ali speaking in typical Ali fashion about his career “So I was the Concorde of boxing. I was at higher altitude than the rest, moving faster than the rest,” Ali says. “But you’ll just have to get used to flying on jets again. You can’t ride Concorde anymore.”
The trailer however would appear to suggest that the vast majority of this documentary will focus on his children, wife, friends and manager and how they try to quantify the brilliance that was Muhammad Ali. I Am Ali will also feature interviews with George Foreman, Mike Tyson and Ali’s manager Gene “The Facilitator” Kilroy who will each be attempting to define the reasons why this force of nature maintains such a cultural equity and why his own brand of witticism mixed with madness captured the world as strongly as it did.
The documentary will debut in theatres on October 10th, and if the trailer is any indication, it will provide the deepest portrait of the man we still call the greatest. Yet more importantly we will dive into the butterfly side of the man who stung like a bee.