Come Back, Africa/Black Roots (DVD)
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.
RT' @tintedmagenta': Since Kiyoshi Kurosawa's #WifeOfASpy has just premiered in the US (thanks to' @KinoLorber)', I'm thrilled to share my in-d…
RT' @creativecap': A new documentary by #CCAwardee Bill Morrison is coming to' @CalArtsREDCAT'! THE VILLAGE DETECTIVE: A SONG CYCLE tells of a…
RT' @decasia': The Village Detective: a song cycle (2021) previews next week Mon 9/20' @CalArtsREDCAT' and begins its run' @IFCCenter' Wed 9/22 t…
RT' @TheFilmStage': Dedza Films, a new filmmaking collective for underrepresented communities, are now screening their omnibus 'Who Will Star…
RT' @DedzaFilms': We SOLD OUT opening night. Join us tomorrow' @SpectacleNYC' for the last show at 7pm:' https://t.co/4OB2nG4CIV' ' @KinoLorber'
Best Director: Venice Film Festival New York Times Critic's Pick Kiyoshi Kurosawa's WIFE OF A SPY opens this weeke…' https://t.co/DnUAYJ354E'
'.@nytimesarts' Fall Movie Preview includes three of our upcoming releases!' https://t.co/foW8Q8qbh1' The Village Dete…' https://t.co/n1qqrjVQ6c'
RT' @filmcenter': 📷: WIFE OF A SPY (advance screening before run!) Wed. Sep 22, 7:00 pm -->' https://t.co/dU42IBJDlu'' @KinoLorber'' https://t.co/…'
"Jancsó unfolds the ruthless spectacle of tyranny with a combination of meticulous detail and grand choreography."…' https://t.co/oJ5bFMfjk8'
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing email@example.com or calling 212-629-6880.