Come Back Africa

Film

Comedy drama

 

Time Out says

Rogosin's docudrama was an early exposé of the evils of apartheid, filmed clandestinely and using a non-professional cast who portray a typical township family, separated by law and drifting through a series of menial jobs until a single infringement (i.e. man and wife share a night together) leads to a singularly bleak denouement. Although the film has considerable weaknesses - principally on the narrative level of performance, and the need to spell everything out in the manner of a social science course (this last, an entirely understandable decision for 1959) - its power comes from the location filming of the township, which might have been shot today. This township - Sophiatown - was once the only place in South Africa where blacks could own freehold properties. The area was demolished and became a white suburb called Triumph.
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Release details

FR release:

1960

Duration:

95 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Miriam Makeba, Zachariah Mgabi, Vinah Bendile

Cinematography:

Emil Knebel, Ernest Artaria

Director:

Lionel Rogosin

Screenwriter:

Lewis N'kosi, Lionel Rogosin, Bloke Modisane

Editor:

Carl Lerner

Producer:

Lionel Rogosin

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