Come Back Africa Reviews

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Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
January 29, 2012
"Come Back, Africa" is something of a historical curio. Filmed in secret in Apartheid-era South Africa in 1959, the film follows Zachariah(Zacharia Mgabi), fresh from Zululand, who is looking for work. First, he ends up at a gold mine where he has no experience but receives brief training before being sent into the mines. His intent is to work in Johannesburg where he can establish a home for his family. To such ends, he asks for help from his supervisor but his first job in the city as an in-house servant ends badly.

All of that may be news to those watching in 1959, especially with its references to the African National Congress, and other South African political discussions of the day in response to restrictions on the African population. But to those of us watching in 2012 after the huge amount that has already been written on the subject, there is nothing new here in the movie's episodic structure with its reliance on non-professional actors with occasional musical interludes. Plus, the ending is more than a little sudden.
½ March 11, 2013
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.
½ July 22, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

(1959) Come Back, Africa
(There's considerable amount of dialogue is also spoken in native African dialect)
SOCIAL COMMENTARY/ DOCU-DRAMA

Plot less movie centering on African native, Zachariah (Zacharia Mgabi) struggling to find work despite possessing zero work experience is only a backdrop to showcase the poor conditions native Africans have to endure while living under the dominate white rule. Upon this movie being made, civil rights leader, Nelson Mandela was still being incarcerated. Also, the information regarding the making of this movie can be even more fascinating than it would be to watch it.

3 out of 4 stars
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
January 29, 2012
"Come Back, Africa" is something of a historical curio. Filmed in secret in Apartheid-era South Africa in 1959, the film follows Zachariah(Zacharia Mgabi), fresh from Zululand, who is looking for work. First, he ends up at a gold mine where he has no experience but receives brief training before being sent into the mines. His intent is to work in Johannesburg where he can establish a home for his family. To such ends, he asks for help from his supervisor but his first job in the city as an in-house servant ends badly.

All of that may be news to those watching in 1959, especially with its references to the African National Congress, and other South African political discussions of the day in response to restrictions on the African population. But to those of us watching in 2012 after the huge amount that has already been written on the subject, there is nothing new here in the movie's episodic structure with its reliance on non-professional actors with occasional musical interludes. Plus, the ending is more than a little sudden.
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