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Northwest Film Forum Screening "Come Back Africa" This Week

by Cynthia Reid
May 9, 2011 10:50 AM
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If you live in the Seattle area of Washington, you still have time to view a presentation of filmmaker Lionel Rogosin's groundbreaking film Come Back Africa.

The film, which combines documentary and fiction elements, tells the story of Zulu family trying to stay together and survive under the 1950's Apartheid system in South Africa. It was selected by Time Magazine as one of the "Ten Best Pictures" of 1960 and launched the career of the unknown Miriam Makeba.

Rogosin, considered a pioneering independent filmmaker, wanted to fight racism so he decided to make his second feature on apartheid. On The Bowery, a documentary exposing the skid row life of New York City, was his first. He concocted different stories so he would be allowed to film under the regime and ultimately, left South Africa in 1959 after being there for two years.

The film garnered many awards and acclaim including the prestigious "Italians Critics Awards" at the Venice Film Festival in 1960.

Below are clips. You can get the schedule and ticket info HERE.


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