Docs at the Box

Friday 4 – Thursday 10 October 2013

Enjoy a special week of documentaries at the Music Box Theatre. These films have been painstakingly selected by Music Box Theatre Head Programmer Brian Andreotti as a very special opportunity to see interesting subject matter up on the big screen.

Among the many outstanding films the Music Box considers for programming each calendar are countless well-crafted and intriguing documentaries. These films are fascinating studies created by directors so committed to a cause, individual or event that they are driven to explore, in intense detail, their subject. Although we can’t show them all, in recent months we’ve received so many outstanding submissions that we’ve opted to screen as many of our favorites as possible in a week’s time. Voila! The Music Box Theatre is proud to present its first ever documentary film festival, Docs at the Box!


Saturday, October 5th, 2013

  • 7:00pm: Trials of Muhammad Ali

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

  • 7:30pm: Free the Mind


Tickets are $9.25
A Festival Pass (Good for use for all films in the festival) is $40. That’s a 60% discount!


  • Sat 5 Oct 2013, 7:00pm

Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013)

directed by Bill Siegel starring Muhammad Ali in English

Chicago Sneak Preview! Filmmakers scheduled to appear! The Trials of Muhammad Ali covers the explosive crossroads of Ali’s life. When Cassius Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, his conversion to Islam and refusal to serve in the Vietnam War leave him banned from boxing and facing a five-year prison sentence. Ali’s choice of belief and conscience over fame and fortune resonates far beyond the boxing ring, striking issues of race, faith and identity that continue to confront us all today.

From his Louisville roots, through his years in exile, to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Trials traces Ali’s path from poet to pariah to global ambassador for peace. At each stage, the challenges Ali faces go far beyond the boxing ring and ultimately encompass issues of power, race, faith and identity that confront us all.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali is not a boxing film and has no highlight reel. Instead, it focuses on Ali’s toughest bouts: his decision to join a controversial religious group, his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence for refusing US military service, and his struggle with Parkinson’s.

  • Thu 10 Oct 2013, 7:30pm

Free the Mind with post-screening Mindfulness Discussion Panel

Free the Mind

directed by Phie Ambo

Join us for a very special mindfulness event at the Music Box Theatre. There will be an exclusive, one-off screening of mindfulness documentary Free the Mind and a mindfulness discussion panel afterwards.

Details on the special panelists here

Brain scientist Professor Richard Davidson sets up his mind to conduct an unusual experiment: He will teach American war veterans and children meditation and yoga. Can veterans through meditation and yoga ease their pain and nervous system, find happiness and be more peaceful and get back to a life more like the one they had before the war?

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