In the 1960s, there were few figures as controversial and important as Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali. Both were huge inspirations to African-Americans fighting for their civil rights. Both changed their names after converting to Islam, and both eventually left the Nation of Islam. They were close friends, and, for a time, enemies. Separately, they were the subjects of excellent biopics, and together celebrated and challenged in One Night in Miami.
The new Netflix documentary Blood Brothers explores their complicated relationship. Using never-before-seen footage, as well as new interviews with family members, director Marcus A. Clarke (Netflix's Unsolved Mysteries) weaves together a powerful story of what brought them together and drove them apart. Their friendship lasted just three years, but in that time they made a tremendous impact on the world.
Blood Brothers: Malcolm X & Muhammad Ali premieres on Netflix on September 9.