The three-year friendship of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali is the subject of a new Netflix documentary airing September 9 entitled Blood Brothers.
Narrated by members of both men’s families, the project aims to tell the “extraordinary and ultimately tragic story of the friendship between two of the most iconic figures of the 20th century.”
The trailer hints at touching on the bigger “outside forces” that drove the men apart. Over the last year, these revelations about COINTELPRO and Nation of Islam conspirators have been spotlighted in Netflix’s celebrated six-part Who Killed Malcolm X? documentary, and Regina King’s award-winning film One Night in Miami.
The title originates from Randy Roberts’s 2016 book which chronicled the “fatal friendship” between the two men from their initial meeting in 1962 until Malcolm X’s assassination in 1965.
Blood Brothers: Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali is directed by Marcus A. Clarke and also features appearances from Malcolm X’s daughter Ilyasah Shabazz, Cornel West, Al Sharpton, Muhammad Ali’s brother Rahman Ali and daughters Maryum and Hana Ali.