Soul Power

Film, Drama
4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
Arguably the most famous boxing match of all time, originally the Rumble in the Jungle was intended as the centrepiece of a larger celebration of African identity: a three-day festival of music, sport and black pride. Problems in pre-planning meant that the fight was delayed by six weeks, but the event – featuring stars like James Brown and Bill Withers alongside homegrown acts like Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela – went ahead as planned.

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte’s long overdue documentary was culled from the same footage that produced 1996’s ‘When We Were Kings’, but it’s more than just a companion piece to that Oscar-winning classic. As a historical document, it’s riveting, both as a peek into the heart of dusty, restless 1970s Africa and into the lives of a group of legendary musicians embarking on an uncertain mission. And as a concert film it’s unparalleled: a stunningly photographed, soul-stirring celebration.

By: Tom Huddleston



Release details

Release date:
Friday July 10 2009
92 mins

Cast and crew

Jeffrey Levy-Hinte
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