Soul Power

Soul Power

Muhammad Ali
Director: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte Cast: Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali
, James Brown
James Brown
, B.B. King
B.B. King
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte

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Presented in conjunction with the landmark "Rumble in the Jungle" boxing match between famed pugilists Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, Zaire '74 was a three-day music festival in Kinshasa that was organized by South African musician Hugh Masekela and American record producer Stewart Levine, and featured performances by such famed musicians as James Brown, Bill Withers, and B.B. King, among others. Many of the American musicians performing at Zaire '74 had been emboldened by the American Civil Rights movement, and saw their journey to Africa as a unique opportunity not just to perform for a new set of enthusiastic fans, but to explore their roots as well. However, while the forward-thinking promoters of Zaire '74 hired a talented team of documentary filmmakers to capture everything from the setup to the performances to everyday life in Kinshasa, the project ran into trouble when the Liberian investment group that financed the festival and film ran into some rather serious legal disputes. For the next three decades, the remarkable footage would sit untouched and unedited -- a valuable sociohistorical artifact seemingly forgotten, and left to succumb to the ravages of time. Later, in 1996, the rights were settled in order to help facilitate the completion of When We Were Kings, an Academy Award-winning documentary focusing on the very same Ali/Foreman match that took place alongside the Zaire '74 music festival. Recognizing the need to assemble the neglected Zaire '74 footage while it was still possible, When We Were Kings editor Jeffrey Levy-Hinte made it his own personal mission to see the long gestating project through to completion. The result is not simply a concert film featuring some of the most popular African and American musicians of the era, but also a pure cinéma vérité glimpse into a time when the musical crossover between the two nations was just beginning to emerge.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2010
UPC: 0043396315167
Original Release: 2008
Rating: PG-13
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 46,162

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Commentary with director Jeffrey Levy-Hinte & music/festival producer Stewart Levine

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Muhammad Ali Participant
James Brown Participant
B.B. King Participant
Miriam Makeba Participant
Celia Cruz Participant
Bill Withers Participant
Spinners Participant
Don King Participant
Stewart Levine Participant
Crusaders Participant
Big Black Participant
J.B.'s Participant
Fania All-Stars Participant
Lloyd Price Participant
Franco Participant
Tabu Ley Participant

Technical Credits
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte Director,Producer
Tom Efinger Sound/Sound Designer
Leon Gast Producer
Paul H. Goldsmith Cinematographer
Kevin Keating Cinematographer
Stewart Levine Producer
Hugh Masekela Producer
Albert Maysles Cinematographer
David Smith Editor
David Sonenberg Producer
Roderick Young Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Soul Power
1. Chapter 1 [5:48]
2. Chapter 2 [3:17]
3. Chapter 3 [3:15]
4. Chapter 4 [2:18]
5. Chapter 5 [2:30]
6. Chapter 6 [2:14]
7. Chapter 7 [4:22]
8. Chapter 8 [2:14]
9. Chapter 9 [2:15]
10. Chapter 10 [2:11]
11. Chapter 11 [4:10]
12. Chapter 12 [4:03]
13. Chapter 13 [1:36]
14. Chapter 14 [4:51]
15. Chapter 15 [2:11]
16. Chapter 16 [3:25]
17. Chapter 17 [1:54]
18. Chapter 18 [4:55]
19. Chapter 19 [1:04]
20. Chapter 20 [1:30]
21. Chapter 21 [2:09]
22. Chapter 22 [6:04]
23. Chapter 23 [4:00]
24. Chapter 24 [1:33]
25. Chapter 25 [1:41]
26. Chapter 26 [2:24]
27. Chapter 27 [2:58]
28. Chapter 28 [2:40]

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