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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 70s and 80s. 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. A unique experience, Finding Fela is a tribute to every artist who has dedicated his imagination and his personal charisma to unify, educate and motivate the world.
Directed by Alex Gibney
Alex Gibney (New York, 1953) is a director, screenwriter and film producer.
Graduated at Yale, he lately attended the UCLA Film School.
He is known for his gripping, deeply insightful documentaries and 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. Alex received another Academy Award nomination in 2006 for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.