WHEN WE WERE KINGS

MUHAMMAD ALI: WHEN WE WERE KINGS

Published On June 17, 2016 | By John Hanshaw | FILM SCREENINGS

WASHINGTON FILM INSTITUTE
cordially invites you to celebrate the Life of Muhammad Ali for a Mixer and Viewing of the Academy Award-Winning Documentary WHEN WE WERE KINGS

FRIDAY 17 JUNE

DARLINGTON HOUSE LIBRARY (3F)
1610 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 / MAP

WHEN WE WERE KINGS
88 minutes / Director: Leon Gast / Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King

The landmark internationally televised 1974 bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman provides the framework for this fascinating documentary culled from over 250 hours of archival film shot before and during the fight. The contest took place in Zaire and marked the emergence of Don King as the world’s greatest fight promoter. Much of the story centers on the charismatic, flamboyant Ali who at 32 was at his prime. He is seen training for the fight with a very young, and even then impressive Larry Holmes, flying out to the fight and mingling with his many fans. Meanwhile Foreman is portrayed as introverted, sullen, and a generally unpleasant person; a person totally different from the gentle and funny man he would become. The film includes interviews with Norman Mailer and George Plimpton as they reflect upon the event. African-American filmmaker Spike Lee also appears to explain the history and importance of Muhammad Ali to younger viewers. Also included in the story are clips from the African and American music festival that preceded the fight. Musical performers included B.B. King, the Pointer Sisters, Miriam Makeba, and the Spinners.   

REVIEWS

“No comedian was ever funnier, no fighter ever faster than Muhammad Ali, who is caught at the top of his game in Leon Gast’s valentine, When We Were Kings.” – Rita KempleyWashington Post

“When Muhammad Ali achieved victory in Kinshasa on Oct. 30, 1974, he did far more than win a prize fight.” – Lawrence Van GelderNew York Times

 

SCHEDULE
COCKTAIL RECEPTION

6:30PM onwards
Cash Bar Mixer in Library (3F) & Dinner downstairs if you like

7:30PM
1st Show: Library (3F)

9:00PM
2nd Show: Library (3F)

 


MIXER + FILM TICKETS $13
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