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Come Back, Africa Reviews

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
March 6, 2014
(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 | Original Score: 8/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 25, 2012
"Come Back, Africa" is most effective as an ethnographic documentary, with cinema verite images of white privilege and black poverty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 27, 2012
A perfect marriage between art and radical politics.
Phil Hall
Film Threat
January 27, 2012
Miriam Makeba's sensual song performances gives the film a level of vibrancy and passionate energy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 25, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Sam Adams
Time Out
January 24, 2012
Come Back, Africa is a work of amazing grace-and a forgotten treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 24, 2012
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.
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TIME Magazine
June 9, 2009
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.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
June 9, 2009
What it lacks in dramatic structure, it makes up in pictorial urgency.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
June 9, 2009
Its power comes from the location filming of the township.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
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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