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Alex Gibney, Finding Fela, 2014

Finding Fela

14 Sep 201421 Sep 2014

'Gibney unearths a wealth of archive footage that reaffirms Kuti's superstar status, and the contradictions that made the musician such a troublesome icon.' Mark Kermode, Observer

Prolific, fearless documentarian Alex Gibney (We Steal Secrets, Mea Maxima Culpa) turns his lens on celebrated Nigerian musician, activist and Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

Fela used his complex, sinuous rhythms to political ends, challenging government corruption, establishing his own mini-republic, and standing twice for president despite violent military suppression before his premature death in 1997. Gibney’s sharply attuned mix of concert performances, archive interviews and reminiscences from Fela’s peers and extended family paint a compelling portrait of a man whose immense musical, political and personal influence extended far beyond his homeland. However, Finding Fela doesn’t shy away from the great man’s many contradictions, particularly – despite his mother’s renown as a feminist – in his attitude to women.

Finding Fela, dir. Alex Gibney, USA/UK/Nigeria/France 2014, 120 mins, cert. 15

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