“Unmissable … a cultural lightning bolt that soars on its music and an unshakeable belief in the transcendence of art.” – Rolling Stone
“Brilliant! Required viewing! Not to be missed! … One of the best rock-docs ever made!” – Access Hollywood
Nominated for 3 Emmy® Awards • Winner, Primetime Emmy® Awards 2012
Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming
DATE: Wednesday, November 14th 2012
VENUE: IFC Center
323 6th Avenue at West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10014
Director Joe Berlinger in person for Q&A
Under African Skies
Joe Berlinger’s UNDER AFRICAN SKIES begins with Paul Simon’s 2011 emotional journey back to South Africa and the roots of his seminal album Graceland – but it unfolds into a kaleidoscopic portrait of the turbulent birth and ever-shifting life of a work of art.
25 years ago, Simon released Graceland to equal parts acclaim and controversy. The album broke open musical boundaries and brought together diverse cultures, but it split public opinion as Simon was accused of breaking the United Nations’ cultural boycott of South Africa, then a linchpin in the strategy to fight the nation’s intolerable system of apartheid. While the album went on to be widely celebrated for its revolutionary fusion of musical styles, for bringing the extraordinary gifts of under-exposed South African musicians to the fore, and for sparking a brave new musical world of mixes, mash-ups and globe-hopping collaborations to come, the questions Graceland raised in 1986 remain.
Director: Joe Berlinger
Producers: Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes & Joe Berlinger
Running Time: 101 min
Courtesy of A&E IndieFilms