Director: Arnaud Robert
Country: Switzerland, Benin and Nigeria
Language: French, English, Fon, Toffin and Yoruba
Gangbé! is a documentary about the irresistible Benin musical combo, the Gangbé Brass Band. The band members depart in a bid to conquer the city of Lagos in Nigeria to perform with Femi Kuti at the Shrine. The famous club is a symbol of Afrobeat, created in the 1970s by Femi’s father, the late and legendary Fela Kuti.
While capturing the band’s journey to the metropolis, the film shows the new cultural poles in Benin and Nigeria and the gaps that still separate these neighboring countries. Encountering contemporary ideals of Pan-Africanism, the Gangbé Brass Band finds themselves immersed in a world of new ideas. In a poetic and funky fashion, it opens up new horizons for the future…
Film festival selections
Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland, 2015, world premiere)
Fidadoc (Agadir, Morocco, 2015)
Guadalajara International Film Festival (Guadalajara, Mexico, 2016)
Cinéma le reg’Art, festival de musiques du monde (Les Lointaines, France, 2016)
Margaret Mead Film Festival (New York, United States, 2016)
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