When We Were Kings is a documentary film, the Oscar-winning 1996 Best Documentary Feature. The film focuses on the "Rumble in the Jungle," a heavyweight title match between legendary boxers Mohammed Ali and George Foreman. Director Leon Gast uses film footage from the October 30, 1974 fight to tell most of the story, showing much of the famous beat-down given to Foreman by Ali. Gast includes interviews with celebrities such as James Brown, B.B. King, Spike Lee and Norman Mailer, all speaking of the fight itself, of Ali's performance and of their impressions of Zaire, the host country. Ali is shown being interviewed from Africa in 1974. He speaks of his love and respect for the people of Zaire, a feeling reciprocated by the people. When We Were Kings features musical performances from James Brown and B.B. King, as well as footage from Zaire 74, a soul music festival that accompanied The Rumble in the Jungle.