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Soul Power

 
 
Tue, Jun 2, 2015
  • 8PM
 
 
LOCATION:
Putnam Triangle Plaza, 22 Putnam Ave
 
RUN TIME: 92min
RATED: PG-13
 
 
 
Free
 
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Directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte | 2008
“As aptly and succinctly titled a movie as I have ever seen… takes you to a place where the discipline that produces great popular art is indistinguishable from the ecstasy that art creates.”
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Jeff Levy-Hinte’s (When We Were Kings) revelatory verité documentary chronicles Zaire ’74, the three-day African music festival held in advance of the legendary Rumble in the Jungle, the historic fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Comprised entirely of footage from the fest—shot by a crew including late doc titan Albert Maysles—this paean to live performance features electric sets by James Brown, B.B. King, Bill Withers, Sister Sledge, Miriam Makeba, the Spinners, Big Black, the Crusaders, Celia Cruz, and more. Offstage sparks fly as Ali, a kinetic performer in his own right, provides vigorous commentary on the Black Power movement and imperialism in America.