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Film Screening: Cassius X: Becoming Ali

Date: October 15, 2023
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: The Lexi Cinema, 194b Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3JU
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CASSIUS X: Becoming Ali follows the early years of Cassius Clay, from bright-eyed rookie to world heavyweight champion and from working class intellectual to one of America’s most influential civil rights campaigners. The film reveals how the teachings of Elijah Muhammad, reinforced by a friendship with revolutionary preacher, Malcolm X, set Clay on the journey to become “Cassius X”, before his induction to the Nation of Islam and ascension to the name of the great Muhammad Ali. CASSIUS X: Becoming Ali is the extraordinary story of how one young boxer from Louisville, Kentucky became a cultural icon for the ages, forever to be known thereafter as “The Greatest”


This event will take place on SUNDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2023 at 17:30.

The screenings will be held at The Lexi Cinema, 194b Chamberlayne Road, Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3JU. Located 3 minutes from Kensal Rise Overground Station. Located 10 mins from Kensal Green and 15 mins from Queens Park on the Bakerloo Line. Via Bus, the Okehampton Road stop is right outside the Lexi Cinema, served by 52, 452, 6, 187, 302. Free on-street parking in local streets.

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“There is no denying the electric charge one gets watching the soon-to-be Muhammad Ali bragging, boasting, punching and pouncing”

· Tim Grierson – Screen Daily

“Cassius X is remarkably compelling … it’s presented with a skilful eye for editing and pacing and accompanying music, so that it also takes on a truly cinematic beat.”

· Paul Greenwood – The Herald

“The film never loses sight of the significance of race in the US… and hinges on an understanding of how identities are formed and controlled, or what it means to take away or bestow a name.”

· Eye for Film

“Cassius X: Becoming Ali successfully weaves the focal boxer’s story back into the era and culture of the time. In turn, that also helps the audience understand Ali’s personal interpretation of what it meant to be Black in America.”

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