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Citizen Ashe

  Sam Pollard & Rex Miller

  United States, United Kingdom     94 minutes


Tennis star Arthur Ashe broke barriers to become the first Black man to win the U.S. Open, Wimbledon, and the Australian Open—at the height of the civil rights movement in the ’60s and ‘70s. In this deftly edited portrait, filmmakers Rex Miller and Sam Pollard (MLK/FBI, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me) follow Ashe’s rise as a sportsman alongside his coming-of-age as an activist who would go on to powerfully fight for oppressed people in the U.S. and South Africa. Through Ashe’s own words and interviews with fellow legends including Billie Jean King and John McEnroe, Citizen Ashe reveals a true champion’s defining moments, both on and off the court.


Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Sat, Oct 16 @ 12:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

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In-Theater Screening

Thu, Oct 21 @ 6:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 14 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

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Special Event

Sun, Oct 17 @ 4:00pm CDT

Livestream Q&A with director Sam Pollard.

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Film Credits

  •   Rex Miller, Beth Hubbard, Anna Godas, Steven Cantor, Jamie Schutz
  •   Ben Sozanski, R.A. Fedde
  •   CNN, Dogwoof, Stick Figure,


Documentary Sponsor

Logo: WTTW (2019)

Documentary Patron

Cynthia Stone Raskin