Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Tribeca 2012 Preview - "Alekesam" (Hugh Masekela And His Son Attempt To Reconnect With Each Other)

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 17, 2012 8:11 PM
  • |

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival officially kicks off on Thursday, the 19th, and I'll make every attempt to see as many S&A films as I can and write about them; a brotha's is worn out, so if any of you will be attending any screenings at the festival, and you'd like to submit a review of whatever you see, feel free to email me and we'll chat (

Here's one of a handful of titles of interest, titled Alekesam, a short doc on musician, activist, father, Hugh Masekela, who was exiled from his family and native South Africa for over 30 years as a direct result of Apartheid.

Undaunted, he would find musical success in the USA with the 1968 number one hit, Grazin' In The Grass, and 3 years later, in 1971 he would father a son, Selema Mabena Masekela.

The rest of the story goes:

Shortly thereafter, Hugh would make the choice to leave America and his son for Africa, in an effort to reconnect to his homeland through music and create awareness about the situation in South Africa. 39 years later, Selema, better known as television personality and ESPN X Games host 'Sal' Masekela, reflects on his relationship with his father, the accompanying issues of abandonment and addiction, race and self, and the conflicts that influence the choices we make in our lives.

The set up is somewhat familiar -  a father and son essentially exiled from one another attempt to reconnect with each other; But I'm sold. I'd definitely like to check this out. 

The film is directed be Jason Bergh.

Watch the trailer:

  • |

More: Tribeca Film Festival

Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    


  • Solaam | April 20, 2012 12:45 AMReply

    Cool, I'd love to check this out. Hugh is a legend and Sal is a good dude.

  • Cynthia | April 17, 2012 9:32 PMReply

    Seems odd that it's a short instead of a feature.

  • CareyCarey | April 17, 2012 10:30 PM

    **damn... "present this as a short" **

  • CareyCarey | April 17, 2012 10:27 PM

    Cynthia, I believe the decision to present this is as short, has much to do with the motive of the documentary.

  • CareyCarey | April 17, 2012 9:05 PMReply

    ***Facial expression... TOTAL SHOCK!!!*** I'll be goddamn, this has to be the most surprising news of the year (for me). I "lived" that period... I "felt" Hugh Masekela's music... I had no idea 'Sal' Masekela was his son! If I was in New York this would be the film that I would rush to see. There are so many questions for everyone involved... the abandoned child... the abandoned wife... what a person will sacrifice for something they believe in... the journey of the fatherless child... how has racism affected everyone in this tangled web... what's their view of whites in general... being the son of an iconic figure... role model(s)... grief, sorrow,pain and open wounds???!!! Questions-Questions-Questions...

  • Lvfg | April 18, 2012 12:06 PM

    I assumed by the name that he was related - Masekela. How often has not
    name surfaced in the west?
    I agree with everything else you have said CareyCarey

Follow Shadow and Act

Email Updates

Most "Liked"

  • Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua Take ...
  • Watch 'Inside Africa's' Trip to Kenya ...
  • Emmy Trophies Will Be Handed Out Tonight. ...
  • 'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield ...
  • Caribbean Film VOD Platform STUDIO ANANSI ...
  • 'Black Jesus' Saves the TV Sitcom
  • Donald Glover is Spider-Man (aka Miles ...
  • Muted, Black & White First Trailer for ...
  • Exclusive - Watch 1st Trailer for Nefertite ...
  • Watch 4 Clips From 'Girlfriends' Getaway' ...