Marcus Mitchell stars in “Prince Among Slaves.” | Courtesy

Coinciding with its latest temporary exhibition, “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far,” the Muhammad Ali Center is hosting a Muslim Film Festival on Saturday, July 14, featuring four films with free admission.

The festival runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes “On a Wing and a Prayer: An American Muslim Learns to Fly,” “Allah Made Me Funny: The Movie,” “Prince Among Slaves” and “Islamic Art: Mirror into the Invisible World.”

And on Sunday, July 22, the Ali Center is planning a panel discussion with local Islamic leaders who’ll discuss the topic of Muhammad Ali’s relevance in the Muslim community. This event starts at 1 p.m. and also is free.

According to a news release, both the film festival and the discussion are meant uphold the museum’s mission of promoting respect, hope and understanding, while also delivering community programs that supplement learning experiences.

A demonstration on Muslim fabrics is part of “America to Zanzibar.” | Courtesy of Ali Center

“America to Zanzibar” is the Ali Center’s largest and longest-running exhibit, and it offers an immersive and interactive experience that showcases the diversity of Muslim cultures — both throughout history and locally.

The exhibit, which was developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, is on display through Dec. 30.

The Ali Center is located at 144 N. Sixth St.

Sara Havens

Sara Havens

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog ( daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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