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This new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti counters the most often portrayed narrative of Fela “as an eccentric African pop idol of the ghetto,” according to director Joel Zito Araújo. The complexity of Fela's life is unravelled through the eyes and conversations of his close friend and official biographer, the African-Cuban Carlos Moore. As the documentary unfolds, it reveals the many influences and forces that shaped Fela's extraordinary life: from the relationship he had with his mother to his many and problematic relationships with women, from his ties with his spiritual advisor Professor Hindu to his mutually influential encounters with African Americans. By placing Fela's personal history in a pan-African context, the film becomes not only a portrait of one man but also of a pan-African generation.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    94 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Brazil
  • Director
    Joel Zito Araújo
  • Screenwriter
    Joel Zito Araújo
  • Producer
    Joel Zito Araújo, Luiza Botelho Almeida
  • Cast
    Carlos Moore and many others
  • Editor
    Isabel Mattos Castro
  • Music
    Fela Anikulapo Kuti