Come Back, Africa/Black Roots (DVD)

Directed by Lionel Rogosin

Release Year: 1959
Running Time: 158
UPC: 7 84148 01334 3
Color Type: B&W/Color
Country: U.S., South Africa
Language: English, Afrikaans with English subtitles
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Cast
Bloke Modisane
Can Themba
Miriam Makeba
Florynce Kennedy
Jim Collier
Wende Smith
Larry Johnson
Gary Davis

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Directed by Lionel Rogosin

In making this mixture of documentary and drama, director Lionel Rogosin’s aimed to reveal the harsh injustice of apartheid in Sophiatown, a South African ghetto where Black citizens formed their own vibrant community and culture. Rogosin spent a year meeting with locals in order to capture this incredible slice of Africa, with a legacy including famous residents such as Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Father Trevor Huddleston, Hugh Masekela, Bloke Modisane, Can Themba and celebrated singer Miriam Makeba. But even as they filmed, Sophiatown was demolished block-by-block and its residents forcibly removed, until the entire town was razed and replaced by a "whites-only" suburb by the end of production. One of the bravest and best of all political films, COME BACK, AFRICA remains a powerful classic for its unflinching glimpse at Black livelihood in the face of incomparable hate.

Rogosin took the fight for equality to his home country with his astonishing fourth feature, BLACK ROOTS, combining haunting stories of oppression with beautiful shots of Black faces, families, and places they call home. The extraordinary cast, including Reverend Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick, attorney and feminist activist Florynce "Flo" Kennedy, Jim Collier, Wende Smith, Larry Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis, tell stories of heartbreak and despair while the latter four's musical acts blow the roof off the rafters.


DVD Extras Include:

BONUS FEATURES ACROSS 2 DISCS: Introduction by Martin Scorsese; Full-length documentary HAVE YOU SEEN DRUM RECENTLY? (1989) by Jürgen Schadeberg; Making-of documentaries for both feature films; Radio interview with director Lionel Rogosin; Theatrical trailer for COME BACK, AFRICA.


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