7.8/10
165
1 user 2 critic

Music Is the Weapon (1982)

Musique au poing (original title)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Finding Fela! (2014)
Documentary | Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A look at the life and music of Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.

Director: Alex Gibney
Stars: Fela Kuti, Yeni Kuti, Femi Kuti
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9/10 X  

A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

Stars: Gilles Kepel, Melvin Goodman, Stephen Holmes
Eddie Murphy: Delirious (TV Special 1983)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Eddie Murphy's raunchy, raucous stand-up comedy routine is captured for posterity on this tape. Not for folks who dislike foul language.

Director: Bruce Gowers
Stars: Eddie Murphy, James Argiro, Gus Loundermon
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Philosopher Slavoj Zizek examines the hidden themes and existential questions asked by world renowned films.

Director: Sophie Fiennes
Stars: Slavoj Zizek
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl
Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Ginger Baker looks back on his musical career with Cream and Blind Faith; his introduction to Fela Kuti; his self-destructive patterns and losses of fortune; and his current life inside a fortified South African compound.

Director: Jay Bulger
Stars: Ginger Baker, Femi Kuti, Eric Clapton
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

BBC 4 documentary about 1970s German progressive music.

Director: Benjamin Whalley
Stars: Amon Düül II, David Bowie, Can
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The wife of an abusive criminal finds solace in the arms of a kind regular guest in her husband's restaurant.

Director: Peter Greenaway
Stars: Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An absorbing and chilling documentary about the National Socialist aesthetic, and how attempts to create the Aryan Ideal caused the extermination of millions. Aspects covered include: ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Cohen
Stars: Rolf Arsenius, Bruno Ganz, Sam Gray
Old and New (1929)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

100.000.000 peasants - illiterate, poor, hungry. There comes a day when one woman decides that she can live old life no longer. Using ways of new Soviet state and industrial progress she changes life and labor of her village.

Directors: Grigori Aleksandrov, Sergei M. Eisenstein
Stars: Marfa Lapkina, M. Ivanin, Konstantin Vasilyev
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ornette: Made In America captures Ornette's evolution over three decades. Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Clarke
Stars: Ornette Coleman, Demon Marshall, Eugene Tatum
Crazy Horse (2011)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A cinéma vérité look inside Paris' Crazy Horse, a club that boasts the greatest and most chic nude dancing in the world.

Director: Frederick Wiseman
Stars: Philippe Decouflé, Naamah Alva, Daizy Blu
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Fela Kuti ...
Himself (as Fela Anikulapo Kuti)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Himself (English-language version) (archive footage)
...
Himself (both versions)
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The definitive film on FELA, the Black President, the creator of Afro-beat!

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

1982 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(French-language) | (English-language)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
re: an eye opening account of music and politics of Nigeria
6 June 2006 | by (Warrington, England) – See all my reviews

This is a great documentary that serves as a brilliant introduction not only to the amazingly funky rhythm's of Fela's contribution to music i.e. Afro-Beat, but also to the ragged state of African Politics.

Fela was a brilliant musician but in addition to this he offered a vision of a new Nigeria that was free of totalitarian control and promoted an African identity free from western influence.

The doc. itself is well put together and features some exciting performances live from Fela's club which is worth the admission price alone.

Check it out.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Music Is the Weapon (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page