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“Finding Fela” The New Documentary On Fela Anikulapo Kuti Premieres At Sundance Film Festival


How do you make a documentary about a musician who died more than 15 years ago and left behind a complex legacy? However, director Alex Gibney managed to cull more than 1,000 hours of archival footage into a two-hour movie and the result exceeded expectations on the first day of the Sundance Film festival, receiving an enthusiastic response not only at the premieres but extended to the Internet.

Finding Fela

Dancers in the “Finding Fela” band perform at the “Music in Film” celebration at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Park City,

Finding Fela,” isĀ  a multi-layered documentary that focuses on the music and human rights message of Afrobeat founder Fela Kuti.The two-hour film includes only about 15 minutes of footage from the stage musical, new interviews with ?uestlove Thompson of the Roots, Paul McCartney and musicians who played in Fela’s Africa 70 and Egypt 80 bands. Rikki Stein, who managed Fela in the last 15 years of his life is prominently featured in the documentary. Finding Fela also includes the rarely seen footage of the Late Abami Eda’s funeral in 1997.

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In the musical “Fela!,” the Nigerian title character, played here by Sahr Ngaujah, is surrounded by his co-wives, known as “queens.”

Finding Fela premiered at the 2014 edition of Sundance Film Festival, which started in the United States on January 17 and ended on January 25

Finding Fela Director Alex Gibney

Director Alex Gibney poses for a portrait during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival at. “Finding Fela” Portraits – 2014 Sundance Film Festival

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