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"The Trials of Muhammad Ali" will be shown April 11.

Acclaimed films

PBS documentaries to be screened at Arsht Hall in Wilmington


3:04 p.m., April 10, 2014--WHYY and ITVS Community Cinema are partnering with the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Wilmington to present three acclaimed PBS documentaries this spring. 

Free and open to the public, the screenings will take place Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on April 11, April 25 and May 2 at Arsht Hall, 2700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington.

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Featured documentaries are:

  • April 11: The Trials of Muhammad Ali. Not "just" a boxing film, Trials covers Ali's toughest bout, his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. It is a fight film tracing a formative period in Ali’s life, one that is remarkably unknown to young people today, and neglected by those who remember him as a boxer but overlook how controversial he was when he first took center stage.
  • April 25: Medora. The once-booming rural community of Medora, Ind., has seen its factories and farms close as population dwindles. A deeply personal look at small-town life, Medora follows a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team as its struggles to compete parallel the town’s own fight for survival.
  • May 2: The New Black. Exploring how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights issues, the film documents activists, families and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage. The New Black also examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar — the black church — and reveals the Christian right wing’s strategy of exploiting this phenomenon in order to pursue an anti-gay political agenda.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at the University of Delaware are membership organizations that provide opportunities for adults 50 and over to learn, teach, and travel with their peers.

There are no academic requirements for admission. The only requirements are interest in a continuing educational experience, support of the programs through participation, and a modest membership fee. 

The Community Cinema showings at Arsht Hall are free and open to the public; however, online registration is requested. To register, or for more information about UD's Osher Lifelong Learning program in Wilmington, visit this website

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