Under African Skies

2012

Under African Skies

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For the 25th anniversary of "Graceland," Paul Simon returns to South Africa for a historic reunion concert-and a look at his landmark album's turbulent birth. Interviewing anti-apartheid activists and music legends like Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney and David Byrne, Berlinger's (Crude, Paradise Lost) new doc explores both the anatomy of a musical masterwork and the responsibilities of art. -- (C) IFC Center

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  • The result is doubly satisfying: We get not only a trenchant political drama but a bang-up concert film as well.

    May 11, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • The affection between the musicians and Simon is clear. The portrait that emerges time and again is personal and a reflection of the realities of apartheid.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [It] does an excellent job of recapitulating the controversies surrounding the album's creation without bearing down too heavily on old news, while subtly taking Mr. Simon's side against his critics.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 4/5
  • It's a pleasant surprise that Under African Skies not only draws attention to the controversy surrounding its subject matter but digs into it a little.

    May 10, 2012
  • A harmonious, fair-minded, energetic and enlightening portrait of one masterpiece's moment in time.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Powered by Paul Simon's brilliance, Under African Skies is a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakable belief in the transcendence of art.

    May 10, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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