Academy Award® Winning Director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Darkside, The Armstrong Lie) returns with FINDING FELA , an utterly compelling and hypnotic portrait of visionary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. Following a hugely successful theatrical release earlier this year, Dogwoof is proud to release FINDING FELA on DVD and digital download on 8th December 2014. Featuring additional material including: trailer and interview with the director Alex Gibney at BFI (Q&A); the DVD is a must buy for fans of Fela, the music lover in your life and anyone who loves good documentary.
To tell the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the son of a middleclass, well-educated Nigerian family who transformed into musical icon and “spiritual guru”, a man who lived in a sprawling compound and married 27 girls in a mass wedding, director Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Darkside, The Armstrong Lie) cuts in interviews with family, friends and bandmates; with incredible footage culled from 1,200 hours of film; and then weaves in scenes from production of Fela! the 2009 hit stage play and musical. The result is a colourful and breathtaking film that comprehensively uncovers the life of a man, who was both a musical genius and political activist but also unpredictable, explosive and above all enigmatic.
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.
DVD Release Information:
Release date: 8th December
Aspect Ratio: PAL
Sound Source: Stereo 2.0