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My Friend Fela

8.5 / 8 votes

BFI London Film Festival Release Date

Friday 4th October 2019
My Friend Fela poster
Age rating / classification to be confirmed.
Current Status:released

Next Showing:

None. Last shown at BFI London Film Festival on 30th October 2019.
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Directed by:

Genre:

Documentary

Language:

English

Runtime:

1 hour 34 minutes (approx.)

Movie Synopsis:

My Friend Fela provides a new perspective on the Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, in order to counter 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.

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Last update was at 07:22 13th December 2019