Come Back Africa

Film, Comedy
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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.

By: ATu

Release details

Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Lionel Rogosin
Screenwriter: Bloke Modisane, Lionel Rogosin, Lewis N'kosi
Cast: Miriam Makeba
Vinah Bendile
Zachariah Mgabi
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