Finding Fela!


Finding Fela! (2014)


Critic Consensus: Though it doesn't fully capture the electrifying spirit of its subject, Finding Fela! is a solid overview of the life and work of a musical revolutionary.


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Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Kuti's life (1938 - 1997), his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look at the man who created Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife, and psychedelic rock) brings audiences close to Mr. Kuti's fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. 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. (c) Kino Lorber

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The problem isn't really finding Fela, but containing him.

Sep 12, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Finding Fela!" is an apt title for this dynamic and thorough documentary by Alex Gibney.

Aug 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

At its best, the film manages the trick of constructing a modern myth while simultaneously deconstructing it - on one level, this is a story about how to tell a story. Plus, it's got a great beat and you can dance to it.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film.

Aug 15, 2014 | Rating: 2/4

The early songs are a celebration; the later music is a weapon. It would be nice to get more of both, but for that there are the reissued CDs, not to mention this film's soundtrack, a decent sampler.

Aug 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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For all his strangeness, Fela had a captivating side, and his music could be riveting. That's why the film disappoints - a movie about such a man as this ought to be more exciting.

Aug 14, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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