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Lard Buurman / The Netherlands: Boulevard 30 Juin, Kinshasa, Congo, 2011 / 2012 LEON GAST / USA: WHEN WE WERE KINGS, 1996 When We Were Kings is first and foremost a film about the most famous boxing match in world history, ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’, which took place in 1974 between the legends George Foreman and the highly loquacious Muhammed Ali. The setting for the match was Kinshasa, the capital of recently independent Zaïre, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Besides being an account of the boxing match the film also gives a fine picture of the times. It shows fantastic scenes from the streets of the city and how President Mobutu used the boxing match to stage himself and his young nation. KINSHASA 91


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