Filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson explores the nexus of sports, politics, and American culture in this short documentary. The Citizens was assembled from vintage newsreel footage, most shot in the early to mid-'60s. The film is dominated by images of noted baseball fan Fidel Castro trying out the pitcher's mound at Yankee Stadium during a visit to New York City, Althea Gibson returning home after a triumphant tennis victory abroad, and a rare interview with Muhammad Ali. The boxing icon doesn't speak to a reporter but talks to fans and folks on the street while taking a walk in the city, and rather than discuss the fight game he shares his opinions about family and faith, adding that he'd encourage his children to develop their minds rather than focusing on athletics. Screened as part of a program of Everson's shorts, The Citizens was an official selection at the 2009 AFI Fest, a film festival coordinated by the American Film Institute.
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