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Finding Fela Movie

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FINDING FELA Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Francis Kertekian/Rikki Stein

Finding Fela

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
119 minutes
performer:
Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti
director:
Alex Gibney
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a C

Nigerian musician Fela Kuti passed away in 1997 in relative obscurity, but the father of Afrobeat rose in fame posthumously thanks largely to Fela!, a biographical Broadway musical that premiered in 2009. Directed by Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), Finding Fela alternates between behind-the-scenes stories about Fela!‘s development and a more general talking-head biography of Fela. Neither track goes deep enough to get a complete picture. And the abundance of his funky, inspirational music included in the film becomes numbing — an unfortunate result for such a complicated, passionate pop figure. C