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Under African Skies
Running Time: 102 minutes
Venue: Bay Model, Sausalito
Cast: Paul Simon, Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, Whoopi Goldberg, Quincy Jones
Showtime: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 @ 06:00 PM
Director: Joe Berlinger
Description: [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]
Under African Skies follows musician Paul Simon as he reunites with his South African collaborators and revisits the controversy behind the Grammy-winning album Graceland.
Under African Skies travels with Paul Simon back to South Africa on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his historic Graceland album. Paul reunites with the original band to give a reunion concert and to explore the story of the turbulent birth of the album. Despite its huge success, and despite it being the first popular example of fusing American and African musical styles, Graceland was initially met with tremendous political crossfire, as Paul was accused of breaking the UN cultural boycott of South Africa designed to end the Apartheid regime.
Paul revisits these ghosts and comes to some new revelations as his musical journey is explored. Featuring interviews with the key anti-apartheid activists of the time and such musical legends as Quincy Jones, Harry Belafonte, Paul McCartney, and David Byrne, the film is both an anatomy of a profound artistic achievement and a meditation on the role of the artist in society.
Festivals & Awards:
- Sundance Film Festival
- Petaluma International Film Festival
- Winner, Primetime Emmy® Awards, Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming
- Nominated for 3 Emmy® Awards
- South By Southwest: Audience Award
- Cleveland Film Festival: Audience Choice Award for Best Film
- Nashville Film Festival: Impact of Music Award as Best Music Documentary Film
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