Despite how much attention all of the storied blaxploitation films of the '70s, Coffy, Superfly, and The Mack amongst others, often receive for their incredibly soul-music filled soundtracks, it's possible that When We Were Kings is the most underrated of the bunch. In 1974, when film producer Leon Gasts chronicled the storied boxing match between George Forman and Muhammad Ali in Zaire, he filmed not only that fight, but the three day music festival that was attached to it. Although When We Were Kings wasn't released until 1996, the music that accompanies the film, performed by artists like Miriam Makeba, B.B. King, James Brown, the Spinners, Celia Cruz, etc is worth listening to even in you're not a boxing fan.
Tonight over at Havana, they'll be showing the film in its entirety. The screening starts at 9:30 p.m. and is $5, or free with a stamp from The Saint.