The film program at the Muhammad Ali Center provides a space where community, education, and film meet. We collaborate with individuals, local organizations, and educational institutions to offer accessible experiences and develop meaningful conversations around issues impacting our community. We present the best in independent, international, and classic cinema, as well as screenings that enhance our temporary exhibits and celebrate our permanent collection.
All films are FREE and shown in the Muhammad Ali Center Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served.
The following film will be featured in 2017. Please stay tuned for details!
League of Hope
On October 18, 1988, Police Officer Michael J. Buczek was killed in the line of duty while working in Washington Heights. The Heights, at that time, was one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in New York City, an epicenter of the crack epidemic, and a precinct leader in homicides. There was no trust between the police and the residents of the community.
To honor their son’s name, the Buczek family, along with the NYPD, decided to do something about that rift and started a little league in Washington Heights to help the children of the neighborhood. Over the last 28 years, it’s become a key ingredient in building trust and stability. Each team’s jersey bears the name of a different fallen officer, and those cops’ families come to the field and see that their sons’ names are living on. Police officers coach the teams and are role models for the kids. Since the league’s inception, 35 former players have gone on to become NYPD officers themselves. This story is especially relevant right now, as we continually witness incidents between police and community stemming from mistrust and a racial divide. League of Hope brings you the story of the change that’s possible when communities and police officers work together.
Click here to register and reserve your seat for this free screening of League of Hope.