A new documentary film, Finding Fela, opens the 2014 edition of Felabration on Sunday
About 17 years after the demise of afro beat superstar Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, his soul mate Sandra has rediscovered him.
Sandra is the Black American artiste and activist that changed the spirit of Fela’s music by shaping the ideology that rules it.
Now, Sandra has revealed the intrigues of the encounter that transformed into marriage and partnership with Fela.
This is what she has done in a new documentary on the musician popularly called Abami Eda, as delivered by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, known for his gripping, deeply insightful documentaries.
The film, described as a straightforward and engrossing biography, is billed for cinema release across Nigeria on Friday, October 17, 2014.
According to the producers, it will premiere at the New Afrika Shrine this Sunday, as part of the activities to kick off the 2014 Felabration, which will run from October 12 to 19.
The producers say Finding Fela tells the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance.
They note in a statement, “He created a new musical movement called Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. His influence helped to 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.”
Shot in black and white and color formats, the movie showcases actual footages from Fela’s life and times, as well as revealing interviews from family members and cronies, including Femi Kuti Yeni Kuti, Seun Kuti, Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis Rikki Stein, Lemi Ghariokwu, and Queen Kewe Anikulapo-Kuti to name a few.
Finding Fela is distributed in Nigeria and Ghana by Silverbird Film Distribution W/Africa Limited.