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Cassius X: Becoming Ali

Directed by: Muta' Ali
Runtime: 1h 30min Certificate: 15
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Directed by: Muta' Ali
Runtime: 1h 30min Certificate: 15
Topics: Sport

How did rookie boxer Cassius Clay transform into World Heavyweight Champion and civil rights hero Muhammad Ali?

Muta’Ali’s enlightening film examines both the evolution of his craft in his pursuit to become The Greatest, and also his spiritual journey from Clay, to Cassius X, to Ali.

The film delves into his induction into the Nation of Islam, tracing how his close friendship with Malcolm X set him on a path of awakening. Adopting a new identity and ideology, he stepped forward as a key figure in the Civil Rights Movement.

Cassius X: Becoming Ali gives us new, refreshing access to Muhammad Ali. Featuring interviews with those close to him and archive footage of his early professional career, we learn how a young and inexperienced boxer fought against the status quo and became an icon.