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Under African Skies (2012)

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UNDER AFRICAN SKIES documents the making of Paul Simon's legendary Graceland album, a record that created huge controversy when when Simon defied the United Nations and went to South Africa to record with local artists. Featuring interviews with key anti-apartheid activists of the time and such musical legends as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, David Byrne and Peter Gabriel, UNDER AFRICAN SKIES travels with Simon back to South Africa, 25 years after his first visit. Berlinger's film recounts the making of the record and surveys the controversy surrounding it's genesis and the political turbulence created in its wake. His artistic decision to collaborate with South African musicians created a new world musical fusion, combining American and African musical idioms while igniting an intense political crossfire, with Simon accused of breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.


Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 11th, 2012 (Limited) by A & E Indie Films
Running Time: 101 minutes
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Keywords: Musicians, Music Industry, Political, Biography, Bigotry, Apartheid
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: A&E Indiefilms, RadicalMedia, Sony Music Entertainment Legacy
Production Countries: United States


Paul Simon    Himself
Hugh Maskela    Himself
Wally Serote    Himself
Dali Tambo    Herself
John Selolwane    Himself
Bakithi Kumalo    Himself
Sonti Mndebele    Herself
Albert Mazibuko    Himself
Joseph Shabalala    Himself
Koloi Lebona    Himself

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Production and Technical Credits

Joe Berlinger    Producer
Jon Kamen    Producer
Justin Wilkes    Producer
Molly Thompson    Executive Producer
Robert DeBitetto    Executive Producer
Dave McKillop    Executive Producer
Robert Friedman    Executive Producer
Frank Scherma    Executive Producer
Eddie Simon    Executive Producer
Richard Story    Executive Producer
Adam Block    Executive Producer
Gil Aronow    Executive Producer
Sara Enright    Co-Producer

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