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Under African Skies (2012)

Under African Skies (2012)

Under African Skies



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For the 25th anniversary of "Graceland," Paul Simon returns to South Africa for a historic reunion concert-and a look at his landmark album's turbulent birth. Interviewing anti-apartheid activists and music legends like Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney and David Byrne, Berlinger's (Crude, Paradise Lost) new doc explores both the anatomy of a musical masterwork and the responsibilities of art. -- (C) IFC Centermore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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Critic Reviews for Under African Skies

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (10)

The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
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The affection between the musicians and Simon is clear. The portrait that emerges time and again is personal and a reflection of the realities of apartheid.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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[It] does an excellent job of recapitulating the controversies surrounding the album's creation without bearing down too heavily on old news, while subtly taking Mr. Simon's side against his critics.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
New York Times
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It's a pleasant surprise that Under African Skies not only draws attention to the controversy surrounding its subject matter but digs into it a little.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Village Voice
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A harmonious, fair-minded, energetic and enlightening portrait of one masterpiece's moment in time.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
New York Daily News
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Powered by Paul Simon's brilliance, Under African Skies is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Rolling Stone
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Audience Reviews for Under African Skies


If you have the chance, take an opportunity to check out the incredible documentary from director Joe Berlinger that chronicles how Paul Simon defied a United Nations boycott to record an album in South Africa during apartheid. That album of course was his landmark 1985 release Graceland. Over two decades later Simon's genius is still on display in a rip-roaring reunion concert held last year with the South African musicians he recorded the album with, all the while raising provocative questions about artistic freedom versus political morals. Under African Skies works as a cultural milestone, laced with amazing music and held together by a core theme of the power of art to heal and implement change.

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