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Must-See In Theaters: Restored Print Of Seminal South African Realist Classic "Come Back, Africa"

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 31, 2012 12:20 PM
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This I need to see... because I've actually never seen it... and it's currently screening at the Film Forum here in NYC for a 1-WEEK ONLY engagement, through February 2nd, so you've got just today, tomorrow, and Thursday to see it.

Sorry for the late notice folks!

Courtesy of Milestone Films and ImageNation, Lionel Rogosin’s restored 1959 classic Come Back Africa, an honest glimpse into the daily harsh realities of life under the then South African apartheid government, can now be seen on the big screen.

Shot secretly, largely improvised, documentary style in a gritty black and white, our pals at Africa Is A Country called the film a "standard bearer of modern South African cinema" that would also introduce the world to singer Miriam Makeba.

The film was of course immediately banned in South Africa.

It went on to premiere in 1960 at the Venice film festival, winning the prestigious Italian Critics Award, and was selected by Time magazine as one of the “Ten Best Pictures of 1960."

Like I said, I need to see this and will... finally... before it leaves NYC in less than 3 days.

Showtimes daily are: 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20, 10:10.

Here's a preview of Come Back, Africa:

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  • aMoesLOLO | February 3, 2012 4:32 AMReply

    something has changed????????????

  • biwtican | February 1, 2012 11:47 PMReply

    that scene looks like a film shown on the Doc Channel named "have you seen drum recently?" June of last year. Drum was a popular magazine in south africa . the film focused on sofiatown and its' distruction and the rise of the anti aparthied movement.

  • Alece | January 31, 2012 11:00 PMReply

    It's so amazing!! Can't wait to hear some discussion about it here.

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