Finding Fela

Finding Fela
  • 2014
  • US / UK / Nigeria / France
  • 1h 59min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Alex Gibney

Documentary about the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, using extracts from the biographical stage production Fela! to dramatise his life. Although it unites Fela's music with its unsettling contexts, the rather incoherent and overly academic presentation leads to a film that's cacophonous instead of being truly vibrant and moving.

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Finding Fela

1 Sep 20142 stars

Alex Gibney's inconsistent documentary melds the life and music of Nigerian star Fela Kuti

Comparatively speaking, Fela Kuti did for African music what Djibril Diop Mambéty did for African cinema. Using his art as a means not only to battle against the harsh realities of neo-colonialism but to connect with other cultures, he created a…

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