Cassius X: Becoming Ali at Glasgow Film Festival

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World Premiere of Scots-made Muhammad Ali feature film Cassius X: Becoming Ali

Friday 10 March, 2023 1.15 p.m.

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There was nobody like Muhammad Ali. His speed and grace dazzled in the ring. His charisma and intelligence lit up every chat show skirmish. Muta ‘Ali’s fascinating documentary focuses on the years between 1959 and 1964 as a lean, confident teenager embarked on a journey that saw him become heavyweight champion of the world. It was also the start of a spiritual quest that saw him become a Muslim. Stunning archive footage is matched by commentary from those who knew him including girlfriend Dee Dee Sharp and Malcolm X’s daughter Attalah Shabazz.

The festival will host director Muta’Ali and writer Stuart Cosgrove at a red-carpet premiere Q&A event on Thursday, 9th March at 6pm at Glasgow Film Theatre (SOLD OUT)

The two-hour feature length documentary will explore the transformation of Cassius Clay into international boxing icon and activist, Muhammad Ali, as he risks everything for his new religion while approaching the biggest fight of his life.

Director Muta’Ali said: 

“I’m delighted that Cassius X will premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival. I can’t wait to be there to celebrate the film and the legacy of Muhammad Ali.”

Writer Stuart Cosgrove said:

“It’s two for the price of one for me. I’m delighted that my book has been so brilliantly adapted for the screen and that it will be launched at the Glasgow Film Festival in my home city. I can’t wait to let the good people of Glasgow see the film ahead of its UK release later in the year.”
(Stuart Cosgrove Glasgow Writer)

Executive Producer, Alan Clements of Two Rivers Media said:

“Everyone at Two Rivers is delighted that Cassius X is premiering at the Glasgow Film Festival and I’m personally very proud to bring Muta Ali’s compelling film to the big screen in the city in which the book was written and the film developed”.

Cassius X: Becoming Ali is directed by Muta’Ali, produced by Glasgow based production company Two Rivers Media in association with Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios and has been acquired for UK distribution by Cosmic Cat. The film will be released in UK cinemas later in the year. (Two Rivers Media)

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