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Posted: Friday, June 22, 2012 12:53 pm | Updated: 1:12 pm, Mon Mar 11, 2013.

Come Back, Africa, documentary-fiction hybrid, not rated, in English, Zulu, Afrikaans and varied tribal languages with subtitles, The Screen, 3 chiles

Come Back, Africa opened the eyes of the world to the corrosive consequences of apartheid in South Africa. Lionel Rogosin clandestinely shot the 1959 film, mostly in Sophiatown, a shantytown on the outskirts of Johannesburg that's populated by uprooted tribal blacks seeking work in the big city. To secure permission from South African authorities, he told them he was creating a travelogue to showcase the nation in a modern light. He drafted a dummy script to camouflage his true purposes and hung out a lot on the streets, training his camera on busker musical acts that performed for the enjoyment of tourists.

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