Content rating: PG-14
This documentary provides a new perspective on Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, in order to counter the most often portrayed narrative of Fela “as an eccentric African pop idol of the ghetto.” Through conversations with his close friend and official biographer Carlos Moore, African-Cuban writer and activist living in Brazil, the documentary builds a complex view over his influences, relationships, spirituality and the cultural and historical context he lived in. The plot reveals the many influences and forces that molded Fela’s extraordinary life, from the relationship with his mother, activist Funmilayo Anikulapo Kuti, leader in the fight for women’s rights in Nigeria, to his problematic relationships with women, from his ties with his spiritual advisor Professor Hindu and characters such as Malcolm X, the Black Panthers and the pan-africanist movement.
(Dir.: Joel Zito, Brazil, 2019, 92 min, documentary)