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Finding Fela

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Alex Gibney

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About the Movie

From Academy Award winner Alex Gibney, Finding Fela takes a look at Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti and how his life and music inspired an entire continent and brought Pan Africanist politics to the world.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 52
  • Fresh: 30
  • Rotten: 22
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Maybe it's a tall order for any conventional documentary to get its arms around a man whose 30-minute-plus jams routinely broke free of their moorings. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Jul 31, 2014

Rotten: The abundance of his funky, inspirational music included in the film becomes numbing -- an unfortunate result for such a complicated, passionate pop figure. – Kyle Anderson, Entertainment Weekly, Aug 4, 2014

Fresh: 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. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Aug 14, 2014

Fresh: There's nothing like seeing Fela himself - blowing his sax, expressing his unbridled sexuality and living a life like no other. – Jim Farber, New York Daily News, Jul 31, 2014

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Customer Reviews

Kinda lame

This is a story about the story of the Broadway show Fela... I find the context and opinions of those involved with the play to be a lame premise and was looking for a story about Fela.

A precise view of Fela’s life

Although this is more a story about the Broadway show “Fela”, as suggested by a reviewer, this is also a complete and precise overview of the life of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the king of Afrobeat. This gives us a unique sense of how he evolved not only, as one of the greatest musicians, but also, as a person and a product of his time, with testimonies of those who knew him. To be seen by everyone.

Elvis meets Beethoven and Nelson Mandela

It's a very well told story Felas life. Will go see the Broadway show too, seems they paid a lot of attention to the little details that will make it compelling