Acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney will be at the Strand for a Q&A following the Saturday, Aug. 2, screening of “Finding Fela,” a sweeping portrait of the Nigerian artist Fela Anikulapo Kuti as guerilla warrior. The film will be screened 8 p.m. at the downtown venue, 345 Main St.

The incisive and illuminating feature film tells the story of Kuti's life, his music and his social and political importance. Kuti created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, and used that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and ‘80s. His influence helped bring a change towards democracy in Nigeria and promoted Pan Africanist politics to the world. The power and potency of Kuti's message is completely current today and is expressed in the political movements of oppressed people who embrace his music and message in their struggle for freedom.

Known for his gripping, deeply insightful documentaries, Gibney is one of the most accomplished non-fiction filmmakers working today. His 2008 “Taxi to the Dark Side” received an Oscar for Best Feature-Length Documentary. Gibney received another Academy Award nomination in 2006 for “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room.”

“Finding Fela” features recently rediscovered archival footage of the legendary musician in performance, in interviews and in unguarded private moments, as well as new interviews with family, colleagues and friends for a glimpse of the audacious and dangerous life of a contradictory iconoclast who challenged and defined African political thought for more than three decades. The film also goes behind the scenes to observe the evolution of “Fela!”, the Broadway musical based on his life and work that was nominated for 11 Tony Awards.

The film is not rated. Tickets at the door are $8.50, $7.50 for senior citizens, students and matinee screenings. For film schedule and information about all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or