To date, Ken Burns’s films have been recognized with a host of Emmys, Oscar nominations, and Peabody Awards, and Burns has received more than 25 honorary degrees.
Muhammad Ali, the new four-part documentary by award-winning filmmaker and Hampshire College alum Ken Burns 71F, will air over four nights on PBS starting September 19.
“Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans across the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring, and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Ali insisted on being himself unconditionally and became a global icon and inspiration to people everywhere.”
To date, Ken Burns’s films have been recognized with a host of Emmys, Oscar nominations, and Peabody Awards, and Burns has received more than 25 honorary degrees. In 2008, he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Burns’s Div III thesis at Hampshire College was his first documentary. The film, about the lives of rural Americans after the Revolutionary War, ignited his interest in making films about history and helped launch his career.