Film Screening (TONIGHT): Finding Fela

July 30, 2014 | Medgar Evers College

fela kuti filmMere months after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Finding Fela, a documentary on the life of musician/activist Fela Kuti, inventor of what is now known as Afrobeat (a fusion of Jazz, traditional West African rhythms, Funk, Highlife and Psychedelic Rock), is set to screen at Medgar Evers College.

Fela used his music as a voice of the people to affect social change in his oppressed country — Nigeria.  The Broadway play Fela! was based on his life and his music and continues to inspire artists the world over, even today.

‘Finding Fela’ is an insightful and provocative look into Fela Kuti’s life, his music, and his social and political importance. This in-depth look brings audiences close to Mr. Kuti’s fight against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 80s.  Using a brash, new style of music and deciding that the end result far outweighed the consequence of his actions, Fela Kuti helped usher in change in Nigeria.  He remains a global beacon of hope for the oppressed.

The film is directed by Academy Award©-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, and more) and features interviews with Seun Kuti, the world acclaimed musician and the youngest son of Fela Kuti, Questlove, Sir Paul McCartney and a host of others.

Event Details

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

EOJ Auditorium
1638 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Seating is limited

 

Special Guests

Executive Producer Steve Hendel, longtime Fela manager Rikki Stein, and Fela’s son Femi Kuti.  


More About the Film

Official Website

Segment on the film on MSNBC’s Tamron Hall Show

 

This film opens at the IFC theater in NYC, Friday, August 1, 2014

 

For More Information

Contact: Shana Kemp, 718-270-6951 or skemp@mec.cuny.edu

 

About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees.  The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college.  A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.  For more information, visit www.mec.cuny.edu.