10 Of The Best Documentary Films about Africa

Written by Mark Rausch


7. When we were Kings (1996)

Muhammad Ali and George Foreman faced off in a heavyweight title fight at the “Rumble in the Jungle” in 1974. The fight was orchestrated by hyper-ardent promoter Don King (who offered $5 million to both fighters a little too hastily). He arranged with the corrupt, authoritarian president Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire to host the fight in a brand new stadium. Through stunning archival footage, we follow the pompous, popular Ali through damaged post-colonial Zaire to the “Black Woodstock” musical event in the capital of Kinshasa, to the ultimate fight. A real treasure.

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