Revolution Cinema: 5 Films To Put On Your To-See List This July 4th Holiday Weekend

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 3, 2013 3:28 PM
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4- How about something *musical*? 

Last summer, Kino Lorber released a double feature DVD containing two rarely seen works featuring Nigerian musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, human rights activist and revolutionary, Fela Kuti

The one-of-a-kind Fela Kuti DVD includes the 1984 documentary Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense, as well as the concert film Berliner Jazztage '78, considered by many to be the best live footage of Fela Kuti ever captured on film. As a pioneer of Afrobeat and a seminal figure in the history of world music, Fela Kuti created an outstanding artistic body of work that continues to influence new generations of musicians and fans. His political activism ignited revolutions in Africa and his music inspired generations around the world. 

Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (1984) is a rarely-seen documentary, mixing candid interviews of Fela Kuti with selected live segments from his stirring performances. Examining his life, music, and political views - the film serves as a guide for anyone interested in learning more about a transformative artist. Almost all modern music owes something to the work of Fela Kuti, and the movement that he founded. 

The radical and revolutionary content of his lyrics influenced and inspired many. One example out of countless, the track ITT remains a song that continues to have a clear revolutionary class approach to Nigeria's political and economic crisis. 

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  • James Madison | July 3, 2013 8:05 PMReply

    The Black Power Mixtape (that I found out about at S&A) is a very good film. A lot of insight. I saw it at the IFC theater and ned to pick it up.

    I have not see The Spook Who Sat By The Door since high school.

    Good picks.

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