Come Back, Africa is a work of amazing grace-and a forgotten treasure.
| Original Score: 4/5
A solid, affecting artifact of the cruelty of late 1950s South Africa, in which music often makes despair and long-suppressed anger bearable.
| Original Score: 3/4
(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.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
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.
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.
"Come Back, Africa" is most effective as an ethnographic documentary, with cinema verite images of white privilege and black poverty.
Miriam Makeba's sensual song performances gives the film a level of vibrancy and passionate energy.
| Original Score: 3/5
A perfect marriage between art and radical politics.
What it lacks in dramatic structure, it makes up in pictorial urgency.
Its power comes from the location filming of the township.
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.