In 1959, maverick filmmaker Lionel Rogosin followed his landmark docufiction ON THE BOWERY by covertly filming on the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa under the false pretense that he was making an innocuous musical featuring South African performers. Instead, the film he made was COME BACK, AFRICA – a scathing indictment of the country’s harsh apartheid policies. Shot in a lightly scripted, quasi-documentary style, the film follows a young Zulu man as he attempts to navigate an unforgiving bureaucracy to find work to support his estranged family. The resulting film is a neo-realist monument of wrenching humanism, as well as a historically indispensable document of daily life in the black township of Sophiatown – demolished shortly after filming to make way for white-exclusive housing.
Light + Sound Machine Presents… COME BACK, AFRICA
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