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Citizen Ashe

By Jordan Elizabeth, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Inspiring documentary about Black tennis player/activist.

Movie NR 2021 94 minutes
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Citizen Ashe s informative and inspiring, albeit sometimes slow-moving. Miller and Pollard intersperse footage of Ashe's tennis tournaments, press interviews, and training sequences with photos and abstract reenactments of his childhood. Interviewees include friends, family, and other sports figures who add detail and color to Ashe's story. Much of the film centers on Ashe's activism -- his identity as a Black man and his fight for civil rights and AIDS-related research. Less of the film details the brilliance behind his tennis game, apart from a sequence about Ashe's Wimbledon win against Jimmy Connors. His mindset and strategy in winning that match prove a thrilling and interesting insight.

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