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Each year, RadioWest sits down for in-depth conversations with filmmakers and producers during the Sundance Film Festival. Just like the festival, the RadioWest team has eclectic taste. We hope you enjoy the diversity of topics as much as we do.

Sundance 2014: Finding Fela

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In the 1970s and ‘80s, bandleader Fela Anikulapo Kuti took his native Nigeria by storm with his pioneering Afrobeat sound. The music was funky, jazzy and politically confrontational, and it spread across the continent and around the world. At home in Africa, Afrobeat played a pivotal role in the postcolonial activism of the era. It also put Kuti in direct conflict with Nigeria’s repressive military regime. Friday we’re joined in Park City by Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney, who’s made a film about Kuti’s life and his enduring relevance.

Finding Fela is showing in the Doc Premiers category at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. It's first screening at the festival is Friday afternoon at 2:15 at the MARC theater in Park City. For additional screenings and more information about the film, visit the Sundance Film Festival 2014 web site.

GUESTS

  • Alex Gibney is the Academy Award-winning director of Finding Fela and numerous other films, including Taxi to the Dark Side, Mea Maxima Culpa and We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.
  • Stephen Hendel is the executive producer of Finding Fela. He also produced and co-conceived, along with his wife Ruth, the Broadway musical FELA!
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Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.