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still from When We Were Kings (Leon Gast, US 1996)

When We Were Kings

Leon Gast / US, 1996 / 88 min.

Day two of the Africadelic Festival brings a screening of When We Were Kings on 35mm, from the Eye collection. This Oscar-winning documentary tells the story of the legendary fight, known as The Rumble in the Jungle, between boxers Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaïre in 1974.

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Arguably the most famous heavyweight boxing contest of all time was fought on 30 October 1974 in Kinshasa, Zaïre: the Rumble in the Jungle between champion George Foreman and challenger Muhammad Ali. Using historical footage and new interviews, this documentary explores the relationship between Afro-Americans and the African continent during the Black Power era through popular culture and international politics, including the cruelty of dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

Before the screening, there will be an introduction by Antoin Deul and his son Darnell Deul.

Africadelic Festival

Africadelic is a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating (consciousness of) cultural creativity and diversity in and from Africa (including the African diaspora). The organization develops, produces and promotes festivals and other socio-cultural initiatives – e.g. music concerts, dance performances, film screenings, art exhibitions and critical debates – with a focus on artists and visitors from Africa and the African diaspora as well as those with an interest in and appreciation of cultural creativity and diversity both in and outside of Africa.

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When We Were Kings


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