Shocking Letter from the INS

Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan receive a Green Card rejection letter from the INS, which bluntly informs the couple that they’ve failed to establish that “a bona fide relationship can exist” between two gay men — but deployed with a shocking slur.

Limited Partnership

Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

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Sneaking Back In at the Border

Australian Tony Sullivan describes the tense few moments during which he illegally re-entered the United States via the Mexico border, along with his partner Richard, with the help of a friend.

County Clerk Changes History

Learn more about the story of Clela Rorex, former County Clerk in Boulder, CO, who in 1975 helped change history by becoming the first in the United States to approve a marriage license for gay couples, including Richard Adams and Tony Sullivan. Their 40-year struggle for marriage equality is featured in Limited Partnership on Independent … READ MORE

Limited Partnership: Preview

Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

This is the story of Ali’s toughest bout: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The Trials of Muhammad Ali explores Ali’s exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

The story of the explosive crossroads of Muhammad Ali’s life, after the famed boxer’s conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War left him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence.

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Trials of Muhammad Ali: Preview

A story of the famed boxer’s toughest bout of all: his battle to overturn the prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The film explores Ali’s exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.

Muhammad Ali Confronted and Redeemed

In this opening excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Trials of Muhammad Ali, the famed boxer appears via satellite on Eamonn Andrews U.K. talk show in 1968, where he’s confronted by David Susskind, a U.S. TV host, who calls Ali “a disgrace to his country and a convicted felon.” This is contrasted with a more … READ MORE

Ali and Captain Sam: Why Are We Called Negroes?

In this excerpt from the Independent Lens documentary Trials of Muhammad Ali, “Captain Sam,” a minister in the Nation of Islam in Miami, recalls his first meeting with the famed boxer. Ali, inspired by Malcolm X, asked rhetorically, “Why are we called Negroes… why’s everyone else making progress and yet we lag so far behind?”

Inspired By the Greatest To Be Her Best

In a boxing gym in San Francisco, Muhammad Ali continues to inspire. Meet National Boxing Champion and US Olympic hopeful Nargis Shaghasi, an Afghan American female boxer whose success inside and outside of the ring come from bridging her passion and determination for boxing and culture.

“The Mock Trials of Muhammad Ali”

In this video extra from the Independent Lens documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali, 30 high schools take on Ali’s legal struggle in a 2010 mock trial competition held in his home state of Kentucky. Students utilized trial materials taken directly from Clay v. United States (1971), and the short film interweaves footage from the … READ MORE