COME BACK AFRICA
Director: Lionel Rogosin
Country: South Africa, USA
Duration: 95 min
|UKZN Sneddon Theatre||21 July 2015||18:00 PM|
After witnessing first-hand the terrors of fascism as a soldier in World War II, American director Lionel Rogosin vowed to fight against it wherever and whenever he saw its threats re-emerging. Filmed clandestinely in the 1950s in the township of Sophiatown, which was later demolished by the apartheid regime, Come Back, Africa is a unique and very special historical document of its time, a classic masterpiece of docu-fiction that emphatically depicts the hardships and injustices Black South Africans suffered under apartheid. It contains one of the most iconic scenes of anti-apartheid South African cinema: a young Miriam Makeba singing in a room surrounded by other Black political activists.
Lionel Rogosin was born in New York, 1924. Graduating from Yale, with a degree in chemical engineering, he volunteered to serve in the Navy during World War II. In 1954 he resigned from a successful business career to begin his first film, On the Bowery which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.