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Marcus A. Clarke on Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali

Sep 15, 2021

Museum of the Moving Image hosts a conversation with Marcus A. Clarke, director of Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali, now showing on Netflix. Discussion moderated by MoMI Curator of Film Eric Hynes.

About the film: 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 twentieth 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. Now showing on Netflix.

Inspired by the book Blood Brothers written by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, the film is directed by Marcus A. Clarke (Unsolved Mysteries, Rapture), produced by Kenya Barris and Jason Perez and executive produced by Erynn Sampson, Jonathan Chinn, Simon Chinn, Simon George, and Marcus A. Clarke. Special thanks to Netflix for their support for the Museum and this program.


Discussions with creative figures in film, television, and digital media—formerly the Pinewood Dialogues—made possible with a generous grant from the Pannonia Foundation.