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Still: Suffering and Smiling

Suffering and Smiling

5 Aug 2007

To mark the 10th anniversary of Fela Kuti's death, BFM Film Club are pleased to announce this exciting bumper event! Focusing on the legendary African singer and activist Fela Kuti and his son Femi, Suffering and Smiling depicts the impact of their politically charged music. Following Nigeria's independence in 1960, Fela used his songs to speak out against the country's corrupt leaders. Since independence the military and political elite have enriched themselves by allowing Nigeria's oil and natural resources to be stripped by multinational corporations with little benefit to ordinary Nigerians. Fela gave voice to Nigeria's disenfranchised underclass and sang of a free and united Africa. Since Fela's death, Femi has continued his father's legacy. Equally passionate and charismatic, he sings about the dire situation in his country, asks why the world's most resource-rich continent has the poorest people, and struggles to maintain a vision of better days ahead for the people of Nigeria. The screening will be followed by a discussion and an Afro-beat night in the ICA bar. This event is being held in association with Paceworking.

Dir Dan Ollman, Nigeria/USA 2006, 65 mins

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