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A portrait of a woman ... whose dynamic range and earth-wide smile made the words and sounds pouring from her like a hand extended, a heart exposed, a story of the world made achingly real.
Like many biographical documentaries, it resembles a lengthy highlight reel of crucial events from its subject's life, without much in the way of style or perspective.
This queen deserves a monarch-sized portrait that fully showcases her part in the tumultuous social, political, and cultural movements that reshaped the world around her.
A fitting tribute to a rare talent who dedicated her life to the liberation of oppressed people all over the world.
Mama Africa, an intriguing but incomplete documentary portrait of Miriam Makeba, succeeds as a glowing introduction to her life and music.
Mama Africa shows how Miriam Makeba was the antithesis of a diva. Right up until her death in 2008, she was a woman who cared too damn much.
Worth watching as a compilation of the great singer's songs but even more worth watching as social history from the heyday of the civil rights movement to Black Power to the end of apartheid.
Kaurismaki presents the facts of Makeba's life in straightforward manner. As a result, his politics don't get in the way of his subject's.
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