Finding Fela

Finding Fela

Directed by: Alex Gibney

Opens Friday, August 1

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Special sneak preview Thu Jul 31 at 9:30, intro by executive producer Stephen Hendel!

Femi Kuti (singer and Fela Kuti’s son), Sahr Ngaujah (Fela on Broadway), Rikki Stein (Fela Kuti’s manager) and Hendel in person for a Q&A Fri Aug 1 after the 7:00pm show!

Special tickets available that include a digital download of the film’s soundtrack (select the “+ Soundtrack” ticket options and a code will be emailed to you for download). “+ Soundtrack” tickets available only on advance purchases through Thu Jul 31!

No individual better embodies African music of the 1970s and ’80s—and its pivotal role in postcolonial political activism—than Fela Kuti. After quickly taking his native Nigeria by storm, the pioneering musician’s confrontational Afrobeat sound soon spread throughout the continent and beyond, even as it made determined enemies of the repressive Nigerian military regime. As a result of continued persecution, increasingly unorthodox behavior, and, eventually, complications due to HIV, Kuti’s final years saw his musical output and influence wane.

Within the past decade, a resurgence of interest in his work has posthumously repopularized Kuti, culminating in the massively successful Broadway show FELA!, written by Jim Lewis and directed by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones. Academy Award–winning director Alex Gibney interweaves the show’s skillful staging with a treasure trove of period interviews and hypnotic performances to recapture the essence of the man, his music, and his enduring cultural and political relevance.

NR, 120 Minutes
USA
Official Website: http://findingfela.com



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