Music on Film: Finding Fela

Not Rated, 120 minutes / Cast: Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti

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Directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Alex Gibney ("Taxi To The Dark Side," "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room"), "Finding Fela" tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, his music, his social and political importance.

Fela was instrumental in creating 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.

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