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Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali (2021)

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For three pivotal years, Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X forged a brotherhood that would not only change both men but change the world. Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali tells the extraordinary story behind the friendship -- and the ultimate falling out -- of two of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. Few people understand the bond these men shared. In this new feature-length documentary from producer Kenya Barris, director Marcus A. Clarke offers a fresh perspective by using insider voices and never-before-seen footage to chart this most complex of friendships, tracing the near simultaneous and symbiotic rise of the charismatic and outspoken Olympic champion who charmed the nation, and the ex-con-turned intellectual revolutionary who railed against oppression. Through interviews with those closest to them -- Malcolm X's daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, Ali's brother Rahman and daughters Maryum and Hana -- and cultural luminaries such as Cornel West and Al Sharpton, the film illuminates their meeting, bonding, and eventual falling out over discord within the leadership of the Nation of Islam.

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Muhammad Ali
as Self(archive footage)
Malcolm X
as Self(archive footage)

Critic Reviews for Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (6)

"Blood Brothers" is worthwhile for the introspective investigation of lives so often, in the public eye, devoid of the tangled humanity that all interpersonal relationships carry.

September 18, 2021 | Rating: B-

The result is thought-provoking, resonant, often touching.

September 10, 2021 | Full Review…
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[An] informative and engaging documentary.

September 10, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A broad overview of an interesting, unexplored time that, while feeling a bit cursory at times, still manages to engage in a worthwhile and compelling discussion about these two historical figure's intertwined legacies with several decades of hindsight.

September 2, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Powerfully illustrates the personal risks each man took in the service of freedom and equality for all Black people.

September 1, 2021 | Full Review…

Just as soon as it picks up and becomes interesting, Blood Brothers falls apart again, leaning into familiar platitudes.

September 1, 2021 | Full Review…

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