Alex Gibney, the director of the
He was joined by one of the film's executive producers, Steve Hendel, who was a producer of the Broadway musical "Fela!" that is seen in the movie.
"Finding Fela" tells the story of Nigerian musician-turned-activist Fela Kuti, who fought against corruption in his homeland and died in 1997 due to complications stemming from
Kuti was a star in African in 1970s and 1980s -- and a beloved figure in Nigeria -- but only after his death did the singer become well-known in the United States.
Hendel's stage show, which premiered in New York in 2008, helped up the singer's profile. "Fela!" had a two-month run at the Ahmanson Theatre that ended in January 2012.
Though the movie is filled with intense, sorrowful moments -- including several scenes that detail the brutal beatings that Kuti received from Nigerian authorities -- there are also moments of levity.
Kuti, who made no secret of his love for marijuana, is seen smoking enormous spliffs throughout the picture.
"They make cigars look small. Those are some major league spliffs," said Gibney, who returns to Sundance after his "We Steal Secrets: The Story of
Watch the video of our conversation with Gibney and Hendel above.