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Under African Skies

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Joe Berlinger

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Plot Summary

Under African Skies tells the story behind the incredible journey, history and evolution of Paul Simon’s Graceland, and explores the cultural and political climate of South Africa 25 years ago. The film follows Simon as he returns once again to South Africa, and remembers and reconnects with the people, places and music that inspired him many years ago. With the compelling perceptions of anti-apartheid activists and music legends such as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Sir Paul McCartney, and David Byrne, Under African Skies is both a buoyant chronicle of unparalleled artistic achievement and a profound rumination on the role of the artist in society.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 16
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: [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. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, May 10, 2012

Fresh: 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. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, May 10, 2012

Fresh: Under African Skies is appreciably smarter than most celebrity musician docus. – Rob Nelson, Variety, Feb 6, 2012

Fresh: 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. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2012

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2012

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