Finding Fela is the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, music, and political importance.
Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music and 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.
Alex Gibney (Director) is an Academy Award winner known for his gripping, deeply insightful documentaries. One of the most accomplished nonfiction filmmakers working today, Gibney directed Taxi to the Dark Side (2008), which received an Oscar® for Best Documentary Feature. For his work on the film, Gibney also earned a DGA Award nomination for Best Director and a WGA Award nomination for Best Screenplay. More recently, Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God was shortlisted for a 2013 Academy Award and won three 2013 Primetime Emmy® Awards. The director’s latest film, The Armstrong Lie, made its North American debut at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and will be released by Sony Pictures Classics. He is also currently producing for HBO a four hour documentary about Frank Sinatra. In 2006 Gibney was nominated for an Oscar for Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, which also won the Independent Spirit Award and the WGA Award. The following year he served as an executive producer on the Academy Award-nominated documentary No End in Sight. Other film credits include Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream and Catching Hell (Sports Emmy Award nominee, Outstanding Sports Documentary).