Director: Lionel Rogosin
Country: South Africa, USA
Year: 1959
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of Sophiatown, which was later demolished by the apartheid regime, Come Back, Africa is a unique and very special historical document of its time, a classic masterpiece of docu-fiction that emphatically depicts the hardships and injustices Black South Africans suffered under apartheid.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.


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