2020 Edition

My Friend Fela

My Friend Fela

Section: Diaspora

Country: Brazil

Production Year: 2019

Duration: 94 minutes

Director: Joel Zito Ara?jo

Producer: Joel Zito Ara?jo, Luiza Botelho Almeida

Screenplay: Joel Zito Ara?jo

Cinematographer: Cleumo Segond

Editor: Isabel Mattos Castro

Synopsis: 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.