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‘Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami’ gets a free screening at Coral Gables Art Cinema

Malcolm X (left) takes a photo of Muhammad Ali at the Hampton House in Brownsville following his victory against Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Malcolm X (left) takes a photo of Muhammad Ali at the Hampton House in Brownsville following his victory against Sonny Liston on Feb. 25, 1964 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

An in memoriam screening of Muhammad Ali: Made in Miami, the documentary about the formative years the late boxer spent in South Florida, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coral Gables Art Cinema. Admission is free.

The movie, which was produced by WLRN, premiered locally in Nov. 2007 and aired nationally on PBS in August 2008. Written and directed by Gaspar González and Alan Tomlinson, the film combines archival photos and news footage with interviews with Miami residents who knew Ali from 1960, when he was an 18 year-old named Cassius Clay living in Overtown, to 1966, when he moved to Chicago after winning the world heavyweight crown by defeating Sonny Liston, joining the Nation of Islam and changing his name.

Among the people interviewed in the film are Dr. Nelson Adams, the prominent Miami obstetrician who grew up living next door to Ali, and the late Sonny Armbrister, the Overtown barber who used to cut Ali’s hair.

“The movie is the story of how this 18 year-old kid who was just starting out as a professional boxer and essentially became the person who we know as Muhammad Ali,” says co-director González, who will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A with the audience. “When people think about Ali, what they think about are the things that happened in Miami: How Cassius Clay became Ali amid the tumult and strife of the 1960s. He came out against the war in Vietnam here. He won the championship title here. He changed his name here. Miami is not a small piece of his story. Miami is a big chunk of his story.”

The Coral Gables Art Cinema is located at 260 Aragon Ave. Admittance to the screening will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information visit www.gablescinema.com or call 786-385-9689.

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