South Africa: Apartheid And After
Come Back, Africa (1959)
November 2, 2013
Come Back Africa remains one of the most famous—and yet, rarely seen—visual records of black urban life under apartheid. Shot clandestinely in a cinema-verité style, it recounts the story of a black migrant worker making his way through the workplaces, white homes, and black leisure spaces of segregated Johannesburg. Milestone Films’ recent restoration has given new life to the most politically and aesthetically important film on black life in South Africa in the 1950s, illustrating the new urban black culture that blossomed in Johannesburg’s thriving Sophiatown. (35mm. 95 min. Not Rated.)
This film is part of the South Africa: Apartheid and After film series, sponsored by the History Department, African Studies, Black Film Center/Archive and IU Cinema and is shown in conjunction with the Mathers Museum exhibit Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid.