Archive Cinema City 2015.

Finding Fela

Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Duration: 119'

Director: Alex Gibney



Programme selection: Planet Rock

Synopsis:

"Finding Fela" tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Fela's message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people, embracing Fela's music and message in their struggle for freedom.

Festivals and awards:

Sundance Film Festival 2014, Sydney Film Festival 2014, Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014, San Sebastian Film Festival 2014, Trinidad and Tobago FF, Way Out West Film Festival, Jecheon International Music & Film Festival (JIMFF), Athens International Film Festival, Bergen International Film Festival, Rio Film Festival, In-Edit Barcelona, In-Edit Madrid, Bilbao, Pamplova, Ludwig Film Forum/Braunshweig FF