FINDING FELA

Music is the weapon!

Director Alex Gibney will join us for a post screening Q&A at the August 2, 8pm show.

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.

FINDING FELA was directed by the Academy Award winning director Alex Gibney. Known for his gripping, deeply insightful documentaries, Gibney is one of the most accomplished non-fiction filmmakers working today. His 2008 film, Taxi to the Dark Side, received an Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Gibney received another Academy Award nomination in 2006 for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.

Starring Fela Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Femi Kuti

US | 2014 | NR |119 min

Official Selection Sundance Film Festival

Watch the trailer

More about the film:

Acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney’s latest incisive and illuminating feature film FINDING FELA is a sweeping portrait of the artist as guerilla warrior. Set to the insistent groove of Nigerian superstar Fela Kuti’s revolutionary Afrobeat sound, the remarkable story of one man’s courageous stand against a corrupt and dictatorial government gives testament to the transformative power of music as a force for social and political change. Fela’s influence spanned the globe as his soaring music and unstoppable spirit transported audiences in the Americas, Europe and, most importantly, throughout Africa. His defiantly vocal opposition to the military regimes destroying his people made him the voice of the oppressed masses—and a target of brutal government retaliation.
 
FINDING FELA features recently rediscovered archival footage of the legendary musician in performance, in interviews and in unguarded private moments, as well as new interviews with family, colleagues and friends for a glimpse of the audacious and dangerous life of a contradictory iconoclast who challenged and defined African political thought for more than three decades. Simultaneously, the film goes behind the scenes to observe the evolution of “Fela!”—the Broadway
musical based on his life and work that was nominated for 11 Tony Awards. As the two parallel tales intertwine and merge, they form a nuanced commentary on the crucial role of art in our global society.
 
Fela’s passion for his music and epic crusade for his country’s future galvanized a generation of Africans and still stand as a compelling example of the transcendent power of creativity. A unique cinematic experience, FINDING FELA is a tribute to every artist who has ever dedicated his or her imagination and personal charisma to unify, educate and motivate the world.

Show Dates & Times:

8/1/14 - Friday

5:30 pm,

8/2/14 - Saturday

3:00 pm,
5:30 pm,
8:00 pm,

8/3/14 - Sunday

3:00 pm,
5:30 pm,

8/4/14 - Monday

7:00 pm,

8/5/14 - Tuesday

1:00 pm,
7:00 pm,
Admission: 

$8.50/Adults, $7.50/12 and under, Seniors, Matinees, Mondays

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