The documentary Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali, about legendary icons Malcom X and Muhammad Ali and featuring never before seen archival footage, will debut on Netflix Sept. 9.
The documentary feature is inspired by the book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X written by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith.
Directed by Marcus A. Clarke and produced by Kenya Barris for Khalabo Ink Society and Jason Perez, Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali tells the story behind the friendship of two of the most iconic figures of the 20th century: Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. Ali was the charismatic and outspoken Olympic champion who charmed the nation, and Malcolm X the ex-con-turned revolutionary who railed against white oppression.
“Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali are two of the most iconic and revered African-Americans of the twentieth century, and yet the depths of their friendship and the influence they had on each other is largely unknown,” Clarke said in a statement. “Blood Brothers provides a deeper understanding into what made these two men tick, the intense role faith played in their bond and ultimately how their budding friendship came to an abrupt end.”
Clarke directed three of six installments of Netflix’s documentary series “Unsolved Mysteries Vol. 1,” as well as three episodes of the Netflix docuseries “Rapture.”
Barris and Khalabo Ink Society are also producing an upcoming documentary on civil rights attorney Ben Crump for Netflix.