Hey Chicago readers! Come Back Africa, a film we’ve plugged quite a bit here on S&A, is coming to your city – so take note.
It is part of the 10th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival (the Chicago edition), which runs from June 14 to 21.
Of course there are several other films in the lineup, some we’ve profiled in the past, so you should recognize several of these titles, including the seminal 1959 Come Back Africa, an honest glimpse into the daily harsh realities of life under the then South African apartheid government, which was recently restored and ran for one-week here in NYC at the Film Forum, in January.
I strongly recommended it then, and I strongly recommend it now.
Shot secretly, largely improvised, documentary style in a gritty black and white, the film has been called a standard-bearer of modern South African cinema that would also introduce the world to singer Miriam Makeba.
The film was of course immediately banned in South Africa.
It went on to premiere in 1960 at the Venice film festival, winning the prestigious Italian Critics Award, and was selected by Time magazine as one of the “Ten Best Pictures of 1960.“
So if you won’t take my word for it, consider what Time had to say about it.
And now, you folks in Chi-town will be able to see that restored print right in your backyard.
Other films in the lineup include you should recognize (as we’ve talked about them), include Laurens Grant’s acclaimed Jesse Owens documentary, co-produced with Stanley Nelson – the team behind the Emmy-Award-winning documentary Freedom Riders, Keith Miller’s Slamdance 2012 official selection, the meditative Welcome To Pine Hill, acclaimed Egyptian Drama Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story, which tackles matters of misogyny in Egypt, and much more.
For the rest of the rest of the lineup, click HERE.
Once again, the 10th Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival will take place in Chicago, from June 14-June 21, at Alliance Francaise Chicago and Facets Multimedia.
To purchase tickets to individual screenings (a very reasonable $9 per, except for the opening night reception, which is $15) click HERE.
Consider your weekend plans complete! You’re welcome.