Cassius X: Becoming Ali + Q&A 12A

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This film was last shown on 10 October 2023

This screening includes a Q&A with writer/broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove. We have other screenings of Cassius X: Becoming Ali if you can't make this time.

Exploring the life of Cassius Clay as he undergoes his spiritual transformation as well as examining the evolution of his amazing boxing skills, this landmark film is structured around the early years of his boxing career between 1959 and 1964 when he turned professional and pursued his dream of becoming World Heavyweight Champion.

From his first contact with the Nation of Islam to the moment when he is given the name Muhammad Ali, Cassius X: Becoming Ali reveals the events in America that would shape his beliefs and examine the figures such as Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X who would become his spiritual advisors.

Featuring interviews with people with a direct connection to these moments in Ali’s life, Cassius X: Becoming Ali examines the influences on Ali’s awakenings with regard to owning his own identity - the Nation of Islam, integration vs. separation, and the thoughts and perspectives and beliefs he adopts.

It is Ali’s origin story - the definitive observation of the emergence of a hero.

Become fully immersed in Muhammad Ali’s story by taking part in the LockerRoom: Rumble in the Jungle VR experience on Friday 13th and Sunday 15th October. Book your place now.


Muta'Ali Muhammad
1 hour 30 minutes
Attallah Shabazz, Dee Dee Sharp, Jim Lampley


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