Under African Skies
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"The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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."
‑ Tim Grierson, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Meredith Borders, Badass Digest
"Under African Skies takes what could have been a puff piece glossing over the protestations related to Graceland and teaches the controversy."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"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."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"A harmonious, fair-minded, energetic and enlightening portrait of one masterpiece's moment in time."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ Jason Gorber, Twitch
"It does lightly suggest scintillating questions about the responsibility artists have in reflecting current political moments in their music."
‑ Kenji Fujishima, Slant Magazine
"[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."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"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."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"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."
‑ Michael Sauter, Film Journal International
"Berlinger's doc expertly captures the debate of the time and where it's at now, 25 years later."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Movies.com
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