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Come Back, Africa Reviews

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Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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Come Back, Africa is a work of amazing grace-and a forgotten treasure.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

January 24, 2012
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

A solid, affecting artifact of the cruelty of late 1950s South Africa, in which music often makes despair and long-suppressed anger bearable.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

January 25, 2012
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.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

March 6, 2014
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Early activist filmmaker Lionel Rogosin was able to film this powerful 1960 apartheid drama on location in South Africa by telling the authorities he was making a musical.

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January 1, 2000
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 24, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

January 27, 2012
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Come Back, Africa" is most effective as an ethnographic documentary, with cinema verite images of white privilege and black poverty.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

May 25, 2012
Phil Hall
Film Threat

Miriam Makeba's sensual song performances gives the film a level of vibrancy and passionate energy.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

January 27, 2012
Louis Proyect

A perfect marriage between art and radical politics.

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January 27, 2012
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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What it lacks in dramatic structure, it makes up in pictorial urgency.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 9, 2009

Time Out
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Its power comes from the location filming of the township.

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June 9, 2009

TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 9, 2009
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