Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Sam Cooke – According to the director, the film “One Night in Miami” is supposed to show icons who have realized that the time for change has come. The film is a love letter to the experiences of the black man.
Oscar winner Regina King made her directing debut at the Venice Film Festival about an important day in the life of boxer Cassius Clay. “One Night in Miami” tells of the evening on which the young athlete became world heavyweight champion in 1964. Afterwards Clay – who later changed his name to Muhammad Ali – meets his friends: civil rights activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke and football player Jim Brown.
The drama by director King, who previously became known as an actress with works such as “If Beale Street Could Talk”, is also about the civil rights movement, according to production information. “This film is a love letter to the experiences of the black man in America,” explained the 49-year-old King in a statement distributed in advance. She had wanted to show these icons as men who realized that the time for change had come.
The call for change could still be heard. “As the recent murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have shown, our fight for equality is unfortunately far from over,” said King. “We need each other more than ever, our voices are united as one, impossible to ignore and loud enough to finally be heard.
“One Night in Miami” is out of competition at the festival.