The Greatest

Muhamme

By David Johanssen

Muhammad Ali combined the footwork of a featherweight, the speed of a middleweight, but the power, strength, and determination of a heavyweight. He was renowned as the first person to psychologically attack his opponents using trash talk; tearing his opponents apart before they stepped into the ring with him.

Documentary and Discussion
Why Donald Trump is Winning
Fri, Jun 17, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
Bernie Sanders: A Future to Believe in
Sat, Jun 18, 5pm
50 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
When We Were Kings: Muhammad Ali
Sun, Jun 19, 5pm
100 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Wed, Jun 22, 5pm
Shelter Theater
100 pesos (includes drink)

Documentary and Discussion
Our Rising Oceans
Fri, Jun 24, 5pm
50 pesos

All events at: Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

Ali, who has died at age 74, called himself “the greatest” and made good the claim, not merely as the most talented world heavyweight boxing champion, but also as one of the most irresistible and compelling personalities of his time. Converting to the Nation of Islam at the age of 22, immediately after winning the heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston, he denounced his “slave name” and the Christian religion. In refusing to serve in the Army, he made his political reasons clear: “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong.”

Join us for a tribute to Muhammed Ali this week at Shelter Theater on Sunday, June 19, at 5pm, when we present When We Were Kings. In historical footage and new interviews, this documentary explores Zaire’s “Rumble in the Jungle” between champion George Foreman and challenger Muhammad Ali during the Black Power era. 100 pesos (includes drink).

Wednesday, June 22, at 5pm: The Trials of Muhammad Ali. This documentary explores the legal battles of the great American boxer against being conscripted into the US military during the Vietnam War. Sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for his refusal to comply with the draft, Ali stood his ground. His boxing license was revoked and in a gesture of sheer pettiness, the State Department took away his passport so that he couldn’t fight outside the country. 100 pesos (includes drink).

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a short walk from the Jardín down Insurgentes. Telephone 154 7524 or visit sheltervg4.com to see upcoming events. Shelter VG4’s theater and class/performance space are available for rent. We play table tennis Tuesdays and Thursdays; come play with us!

 

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