When We Were Kings is a documentary jewel that is a fine mix between biography, sports drama with a dash of political analysis of the epic 1974 Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman championship match held in Zaire. We get to have a better view of one of the most famous boxing matches in the history of the sport.
With exclusive access to old news footage, contemporary interviews, and never before seen photos, the brilliant director Leon Gast depicts the hype that led up to the Rumble in the Jungle. This documentary delves deeper into the issue that surrounded that era. The movement of the African-American community and their Black is Beautiful campaign, the draft, the Vietnam War and the idealization of Mother Africa all defined this time in history. But we get to see how in the middle of it all, Muhammad Ali stole the spotlight and how he made the world stop.