This programme of films has been curated by Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, for Black Cinema House. Black Cinema House is an organisation that hosts screenings and discussions of films by and about the people of the African diaspora. Located in Chicago, it is a flagship programme of Rebuild Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to rebuild the cultural foundations of underinvested neighbourhoods and to revitalize communities through culture based, artist led and neighbourhood driven activities.
For more information please see the Black Cinema House website.
Directed by Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte
Running time: 93 minutes
Soul Power (2008) is a concert film classic about arguably the definitive African-American music event of the 20th Century: the legendary 3 day 'Zaire 74' music festival, held in Kinshasa. Organised to precede the biggest boxing event of all time, the Muhammad Ali - George Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight boxing championship, it featured a legendary line-up of African and African-diaspora musicians at the peak of their creative powers including James Brown, the Spinners, B.B. King and Sister Sledge. Directed by Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, editor of Leon Gast's Oscar-winning When we Were Kings and sourced from the same archival footage, it features fly-on-the-wall footage of performances, rehearsals and jams, vibrant street scenes of downtown Kinshasa and a pre-fight interview with Ali, full of his trademark wit and wisdom.
Reservation is not necessary, but places are limited. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.