Under African Skies
Under African Skies (2012)

For the 25th anniversary of "Graceland," Paul Simon returns to South Africa for a historic reunion concert-and a look at his landmark album's turbulent birth. Interviewing anti-apartheid activists and music legends like Quincy… More

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Release Date: May 11, 2012
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well.

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Tim Grierson
Village Voice

It's a pleasant surprise that Under African Skies not only draws attention to the controversy surrounding its subject matter but digs into it a little.

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Meredith Borders
Badass Digest

UNDER AFRICAN SKIES is much smarter and more profound than most music documentaries. It's a powerful, beautifully executed film that entertains, informs and questions.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

The affection between the musicians and Simon is clear. The portrait that emerges time and again is personal and a reflection of the realities of apartheid.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

A harmonious, fair-minded, energetic and enlightening portrait of one masterpiece's moment in time.

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Jason Gorber
Twitch

It's a blissful film, this work by Berlinger and co., a sheer privilege for the viewer to spend such quality time UNDER AFRICAN SKIES.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

[It] does an excellent job of recapitulating the controversies surrounding the album's creation without bearing down too heavily on old news, while subtly taking Mr. Simon's side against his critics.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Powered by Paul Simon's brilliance, Under African Skies is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art.

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Michael Sauter
Film Journal International

This absorbing documentary takes an up-close and intimate look at the musicians' creative process, then zooms out to recall the political turmoil that this landmark album left in its wake.

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