Come Back, Africa
Come Back, Africa (1959)

A study of a black man living under apartheid in 1959 South Africa.

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Rated: Unrated
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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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"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