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UNDER AFRICAN SKIES

United States 2011, 108 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

25 years after the release of his album “Graceland”, Paul Simon reunites with the South African musicians who participated in its creation for a tribute concert in Johannesburg. The album, among the first to fuse American pop music with South African rhythms, generated political uproar at the time. Travelling to South Africa in violation of the UN cultural boycott imposed on the apartheid regime, Simon was accused of harming a just struggle. The film revisits the unique collaboration and confronts Simon’s obvious good intentions with his critic’s claims. Beyond the political argument, “Graceland” is shown as a cooperative project that provided black musicians oppressed in their own country an international stage, and revitalized Simon as an original artist.

Director: Joe Berlinger
Production: Joe Berlinger, Justin Wilkes, Jon Kamen
Production Company: @radical.media, A&e Indiefilms, Sony Music Entertainment
Editing: Joshua L. Pearson
Cinematography: Bob Richman
Print Source: Paolina Poe-Azcarraga (azcarraga@radicalmedia.com)Director CV
Emmy and Peabody winner Joe Berlinger’s films include the landmark documentaries BROTHER’S KEEPER and the PARADISE LOST trilogy that recently led to the release of The West Memphis Three. CRUDE, which won 22 human rights, environmental and film festival awards, recently triggered a First Amendment battle with oil-giant Chevron.

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