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This week, over 80 films will be screened during the 19th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival at Manhattan’s AMC Empire 25 theater.

Among the featured films are some huge titles, including Misty Copeland‘s A Ballerina’s Tale – a highly anticipated story, to say the very least – and Muhammad Ali‘s The People’s Champ.

Presented by BET, and sponsored by HBO, the festival is set to premiere with Ali’s title, and according to the press release, will kick off with exclusive star-studded interviews from celebrities such as Laila and Shaya Ali, LL Cool J, Ludacris, T.I., Nas, Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ray Lewis, and more.

“BET is honored to return as presenting sponsor of the 2015 Urbanworld Film Festival, an important platform for diverse content makers and film lovers alike,” said Constance Orlando, Senior Vice President of Music, Specials and News for BET Networks. “We are also excited to launch BET’s original news documentary series with the film, & Muhammad Ali: The People’s Champ during the festival’s opening night.”

Urban World Film Festival Director Gabrielle Glore also weighed in on the epic collaboration:

“With BET and HBO as our returning partners for the festival, we continue to highlight important stories that the world needs to see,” she said. “This year’s festival slate features a diverse collection of films representing culture from across the globe, allowing us to deliver Urbanworld’s most internationally curated content to date.  We are proud that Urbanworld continues to be ‘THE’ destination for both filmmakers, studios and networks to connect with multicultural audiences.”

The festival begins on Wednesday, September 23rd and ends on Sunday, September 27th. Check out the official 2015 film slate below, plus stills from A Ballerina’s Tale above, and get excited.

SOURCE: Urban World Film Festival | PHOTO CREDIT: Darren Thomas, QPAC, Naim Chidiac, Abu Dhabi Festiva

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