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Come Back, Africa1959

  • 3.8
Lionel Rogosin's 1959 powerful classic COME BACK, AFRICA is one of the bravest and best of all political films. After witnessing firsthand the terrors of fascism as a soldier in World War II, Lionel Rogosin vowed to fight against it wherever and whenever he saw it reemerging. In an effort to expose "what people try to avoid seeing," Rogosin travelled to South Africa and secretly filmed COME BACK, AFRICA, which revealed the cruelty and injustice suffered by black and colored peoples under apartheid. Before beginning the production of COME BACK, AFRICA, Rogosin spent several months touring Africa, becoming accustomed to the way of life in South Africa and acquiring a sense of the apartheid government's sensitivity to anti-government "conspiracies", such as the very film he wished to create.

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COME BACK, AFRICA offers a rare and poignant look into South Africa during apartheid and an even rarer look into Sophiatown: a town destroyed shortly after this film was made. The director Lionel Rogosin is credited to have discovered Miriam Makeba. She absolutely stuns in the few moments she's in the film (catch her singing at 1:07:05). I absolutely love this powerful piece of cinema. I am so happy it's now on Fandor so I can watch it again and again!

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COME BACK, AFRICA offers a rare and poignant look into South Africa during apartheid and an even rarer look into Sophiatown: a town destroyed shortly after this film was made. The director Lionel Rogosin is credited to have discovered Miriam Makeba. She absolutely stuns in the few moments she's in the film (catch her singing at 1:07:05). I absolutely love this powerful piece of cinema. I am so happy it's now on Fandor so I can watch it again and again!

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Seeing Miriam Makeba was a great surprise in a film without actors. The best!

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Just awesome. I'd love to see a drama set during this time with more stories like this.

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It's a very real and important movie that provides insight of systematic racism still relevant today. Although it will leave you feeling sad, one uplifting aspect is the music which is amazing.

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A remarkable view of a lost world.

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The final image of this movie brought me to belly tears. The heartache and pain that Zachariah must go through to save face and attempt to provide basic essentials for his family stands as testament of something that exists today, a modern form of slavery. There is a great difference when you hire non-actors, people who are living within the turmoil of the time. Everyone, speaking roles, extras, captured moments, are painted with strokes of sorrow and poverty. A must for anyone who cares about humans and wishes history was simply history, yet knows we have no learned enough yet.

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