Come Back Africa
Come Back Africa (1959)

A native South African travels from his native village to Johannesburg. Working to support his family, the affable man's attitude changes when he is wronged by his white employers. The high life of the rich whites contrasts to that of… More

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Come Back, Africa" is most effective as an ethnographic documentary, with cinema verite images of white privilege and black poverty.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Rogosin was showing a vital culture on the brink, at the moment when it was calcifying into the form it would hold for more than three decades to come.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

(The film)succeeds simultaneously as activism, as drama, and as a time capsule. It feels like the delicate spell would be broken if a single variable was altered.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

While the sights and the sounds aren't enough to constitute a great movie in and of themselves, they do result in a fascinating document.

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TIME Magazine

Come Back, Africa is a timely and remarkable piece of cinema journalism: a matter-of-fact, horrifying study of life in the black depths of South African society.

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Louis Proyect

A perfect marriage between art and radical politics.

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Sam Adams
Time Out

Come Back, Africa is a work of amazing grace-and a forgotten treasure.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

What it lacks in dramatic structure, it makes up in pictorial urgency.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

Miriam Makeba's sensual song performances gives the film a level of vibrancy and passionate energy.

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Walter M.
"Come Back, Africa" is something of a historical curio. Filmed in secret in Apartheid-era South Africa in 1959, the film follows Zachariah(Zacharia… More