Film and Culture Series

Fresh off the Premiere at Sundance, 'Finding Fela', is a documentary on the life of musician/activist Fela Kuti, who invented what is now known as Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) and used his music as a voice of the people to affect social change in his oppressed country.  The Broadway play Fela! was based on his life and his music and continues to inspire artists the world over, even today.  

'Finding Fela' is an insightful and provocative look into Fela Kuti’s life, his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look brings audiences close to Mr. Kuti's fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 80s. With his audacious music and a great deal of courage, Fela Kuti helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria, promoted Pan Africanist politics to the entire world and became an inspiration in the global fight for the rights of all oppressed people.

The film is directed by Academy Award©-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney(Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, etc.) and features interviews with Seun Kuti, the world acclaimed musician and the youngest son of Fela Kuti, Questlove, Sir. Paul McCartney and a host of others.

This film opens at the IFC theater in NYC 8/1/14