Come Back, Africa
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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 the slum dwelling laborer who later sends for his family to join him.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Come Back, Africa" is most effective as an ethnographic documentary, with cinema verite images of white privilege and black poverty."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"(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."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"A solid, affecting artifact of the cruelty of late 1950s South Africa, in which music often makes despair and long-suppressed anger bearable."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A perfect marriage between art and radical politics."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Come Back, Africa is a work of amazing grace-and a forgotten treasure."
‑ Sam Adams, Time Out New York
"What it lacks in dramatic structure, it makes up in pictorial urgency."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Miriam Makeba's sensual song performances gives the film a level of vibrancy and passionate energy."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
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