Finding Fela

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Award-winning director Alex Gibney is known for his heavy-hitting documentaries—Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Taxi to the Dark Side, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks and nearly two dozen notable others. His latest, Finding Fela, comes on the heels of the successful Broadway musical Fela!, and it’s a close look at the life of an icon whose groundbreaking approach to music brought about a global awareness of the hardships of his beloved people.

The socio-political climate of Nigeria in the ‘70s and ‘80s spawned far more than violence and unrest; world-renowned composer, musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti combined elements of jazz, funk, psychedelic rock and traditional Yoruban rhythms to create the explosive genre now known as Afrobeat. With a range of powerful lyrics focusing on everything from love to war, Kuti and his army of talented musicians suffered through the injustices of a brutal dictatorship to bring the world a new form of expression. His poignant music infuriated the Nigerian government to the point of deadly retaliation.

Gibney’s film—playing for a limited, week-long release in selected Landmark Theatres—focuses on the widespread acceptance of Fela’s courageous, passionate movement, underscoring the importance of reaching oppressed people around the world by giving them a voice through music. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget. // KENNEDY ALLEN

Through Thurs., Aug. 21. Various times. $7.75-$10. Ritz at the Bourse, 400 Ranstead St. 215.440.1181. findingfela.com
 

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Friday, August 15, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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400 Ranstead St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 08/15/2014. .

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